Makerere University students have started an online petition hoping to overturn the directive by National Council For Higher Education (NCHE) authorizing institutions to open only for courses that require hands-on study like Medicine.
The directive was issued by NCHE ahead of the reopening of Universities and other Institutions of Higher Learning on 1st November, which is in less than a week, according to a directive from the President.
The directive by NCHE also requested Institutions to priotize Freshers of all courses in their phased reopening.
Student representatives to the Makerere University Senate, Shamim Nambassa and Tumusiime Joseph, have however opened up a petition collecting a target number of 2,500 signatures from students in order to overturn the decision and have the rest of the students also report this coming month.
“Further delay of the reporting of students for full physical learning not only disenfranchises us from a full learning experience, it also cheats us of the value for money for which we pay tuition and functional fees meant for physical learning,” the petition reads in part.
“While we acknowledge online learning as an innovation in the COVID pandemic era, physical face-to-face learning remains the most effective and viable mode of knowledge transfer for the present day Makerere University,” the petition reads further.
“We therefore demand that the discriminating staggered reporting for only practical-based programs on-campus and that all learners be allowed to report back on campus for physical learning to proceed effective November 2021 while government and the University continues to expedite and put in place mechanisms to ensure the safety of the learner.”
The petition has gathered over 1,668 signatures as of the time of press. You can access the petition here.