Student leaders complain about lecturers

By Sam Wakhakha, :: 31-01-2012

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"We have not had a lecture in administrative law since the semester begun," said Rogers Kamulegeya, the class representative for SWASA III during a meeting between guild officials and the Vice Chancellor Dr. John Senyonyi.

That was one the complaints that the students' leaders voiced to the vice chancellor during a meeting on 25 January. The student leaders said that lecturers are always losing their marks, dodging lectures and conducting fieldwork haphazardly.
When doing their field work, the students' leaders said that they found trouble accessing their supervisors who, they said, sometimes ask to be met in places of their convenience, which is unfair.
"Sometimes a lecturer can ask you to meet him in a place like a hotel which can be uncomfortable, especially when the student and lecturer are of the opposite sex," said a BSWASA student.
They also demanded that they be given supervisors who are full-time staff because the part-time staff sometimes get engaged in their other businesses and pay a lip service to them.
The students also said that a number of their colleagues had ended up getting retakes and missing graduation due to lecturers misplacing their marks.
The vice chancellor, who expressed shock at hearing this matter, urged them to always contact the higher authorities in the university for action. He encouraged them to take advantage of the whistle blower's policy in raising such matters. He said the policy is meant to help them raise such matters and not suffer in silence. 
Also in attendance was the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development and External Relations, Mr Doug Fountain and the Director of Students' Affairs, Rev. Milton Tweheyo.
Other matters that were raised in the meeting include: payment for lost passbooks, lack of facilities for some courses like Bachelor of Industrial Fine Art, and the long process of requisitioning for funds by the guild government. The vice chancellor promised to work on the matters raised.


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