Implicated staff and students should carry their own crosses. It doesn’t have to be a matter that affects all students who never in any way benefited from the leak. UCU should choose the Law over PR.
Upon my arrival at Uganda Christian University, Mukono for my first semester, I was handed two books by the registration office as part of the induction. One of these books contained content that leaned on the Ethical and moral fabric of the University while the other emphasized the body Academic of the University.
According to that book (Academic), a student caught engaging in activities of examination malpractice is handled by the University disciplinary committee and discontinued after thorough investigation. This applies to cases of plagiarism and other forms of academic theft.
A student was arrested with suspicious material and a staff member implicated and most probably more will be as investigations go on. This shows the level of institutionalized corruption in UCU’s administration. Lecturers take bribes from students in barter trade for marks, good grades, and sexual favours. (This goes both ways) That is too bad for UCU as Christian university but there is no need for the University to get traumatized by the crisis that has hit the media and shocked every ear it’s whispered into that it should instead turned to the innocent struggling students ordering them to re do the exams that have already done.
It is inconsiderate of the University to fight to clear its name in the media forgetting the hardships their students are going through in such hard times. Most of the students have already conceded defeat because they assume the setting of the new exams will be tight lowering the grades they had spent sleepless nights to achieve in the previous papers. Why don’t people understand the value of carrying their own crosses other that capitalizing on the same as advantages for justifying their own wrongs otherwise?
I’m saying this with deep pain because I’m a student too; I know how hard it is to feed on an egg-roll for other more extra days because someone you don’t even know screwed up. I’m poor at mathematics as the rest of my peers are. We injected a lot of effort to see that we level our mark once and for all. How does the University think we conceive the information of redoing the same on the allegation that an individual and four others who are being investigated actually had the papers they were yet to do? The University is over reacting in this situation yet a crisis management tactic for such times is to maintain calm and do the right decision that one will not regret.
Some students I talked to before I wrote this article were threatening to boycott the second set of the examination and they are right. The effort they have employed cannot be compromised because the university is trying to cover up the rest that could fall out hand if the crisis escalates. There is an outcry on social networking sites, our parents are worried, the students are amidst the trying times of the semester when an individual has barely a dollar to afford a meal or a handout in this case and then an Institution like UCU with its capitalistic tendencies that the students are so tired of, comes up with such a lame idea. In fighting to please the populace and public demise, they could end up annoying the only people they ought to turn to for advice through dialogue in this case.
At the height we have hit as a nonprofit University and Center of Excellence in the Heart of Africa, I agree to the fact that something really should be done to apprehend the implicated parties but really that one thing should not be to please the Public like any other company in a stiff completion for customers would do over our very own clients. I’m of the view that UCU maintains calm, allow students follow their timetables as investigations are carried on. In that case, the results of the implicated students be withheld and the disciplinary committee takes charge as the UCU law stipulates so that the innocent remain unaffected by the reckless behavior exhibited today.