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Get Out: M7 Orders Military Out Of Makerere University

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President Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief has ordered the army to vacate Makerere University.

This was revealed today by his Senior Press Secretary Don Wanyama via a tweet.

Wanyama said, “@KagutaMuseveni has urged stakeholders in Makerere to talk & resolve all issues around fees. He’s spoken to council chair & the guild president today, urging them to meet. He’s ordered the withdrawal of the military police from the university. The @PoliceUg will maintain order.”

The President also called for a meeting with members of the University Council and the Makerere University students guild.

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Makerere University Set To Re-open On June 20th For All Final Year Students – VC…

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Makerere University (MUK) has tentatively set Saturday, June 20, 2020 as the date on which the University will be reopened to final year students.

In a letter from MUK Vice Chancellor (VC) to college principals, deans and heads of departments, the date was suggested by MUK Covid19 Response Task Force in a meeting hels on May 25.

“Following the pronouncement by the President of the Republic of Uganda H. E. Y. K. Museveni that universities would open only for final year students, the Makerere University COVID-19 Response Task Force at its meeting held on 25th May, 2020, came up with the following guidelines in preparation for the re-opening,” the VC’s letter reads in part.

The VC adds, “Dates for re-opening: Saturday 20th June, 2020 and close 7th August, 2020. This will include teaching and end of semester.”

The VC says the university will use between June 20 and Aug. 27 to teach and conduct exams, get data for the final year students among other activities.

He instructed deans of schools to provide lists of all final year students, including their phone numbers, names of schools that have been conducting lessons online and time remaining to complete the course content and content that’s left to be covered for those that were not teaching online.

By Sandra Mukisa




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VIDEO: Gov’t Should Pay All Teachers’ Salaries, Schools Bills And Give All Schools Food Relief If They Are To Re-open Them – Musician Jose Chameleone…

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Musician Jose Chameleone (Courtesy Photo)

Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone has advised government to pay salaries for all teachers including those in private schools and schools bills if they are to reopen them.

In a five minute video on his social me page, the Lord Mayor aspirant warned that it would be suicidal to send kids back to school without a proper plan because currently, every parent is struggling financially.

“On Monday 18th May, when the President made his speech on easing the lockdown, I felt that many issues were not addressed well. I have picked only three – Schools, Public transport and small businesses – for today, to respond. I have made mention of their status and presented a number of Proposals for us and the state to consider,” he said.

Here is his video:




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LDC Defies M7’s Directives On COVID19, Releases Timetable For Online Studies And Warns Students To Dress Decently… 

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Uganda Christian University (UCU) will have to borrow a leaf from Law Development Centre (LDC) on how to by-pass presidential directives during the fight against COVID19 and continue teaching their students.

During one of the COVID19 addresses, President Museveni issued a directive where all learning institutions were closed until further notice. The president also discouraged online learning arguing that not all students have the necessary online learning equipment.

In April this year, Uganda Christian University (UCU) petitioned parliament to allow the university to conduct exams online.

However, the education Minister Janet Museveni protested the move and she was supported by the President and the university was stopped from conducting these exams.

However, the Law Development Centre (LDC),  an institute that acts as the final step for any lawyer to become an Advocate has defied the presidential directive of closing all the learning institutions.

In a communication exclusive obtained by this website from the head of department, post graduate legal studies and legal aid Annette Karungi to all bar course 2019-20 students, the online revision session is expected to start on 11th may 2020.

According to the communication, Karungi states that the study shall be conducted using multiple applications like zoom with the guidance of the department of information technology. However, a number of students have protested the institute’s move of online studies citing various issues.

Students claim that they have been hit hard by the COVID19 crisis and thus don’t have money to buy data. Others claim they left their laptops in Kampala.

This website separately talked to a number of students who informed us that most of their classmates went back to their villages and cannot access any network to communicate with their colleagues in Kampala.

In responding to all these issues, Karungi stated that, “Attendance by all Bar course students is highly encouraged and recommended but not mandatory. Since for now we are not resuming the academic term, attendance requirements will not be enforced. For now online learning is voluntary,” she said.

She said that even though learning is going to be online, students should dress decently. She further warned that students who don’t keep time shall not be allowed by facilitators for late-coming.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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