10 November 2012

Uganda: 1,200 Kyambogo Degrees Could Be Cancelled Over Rot

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Kyambogo — Certificates of about 1,200 Kyambogo University graduates are likely to be revoked if the parliamentary education committee's recommendation on students who graduated fraudulently is implemented.

Investigations revealed a lot of rot, including students bribing their way to graduate plus parallel, fraudulent and irregular admission of students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements.

Other complaints are the massive leakage and selling of examination papers, university officials altering results to award better grades to those who fail, while a number of students bribe and graduate before doing their retakes.

The investigations followed a September petition to Parliament by Kyambogo staff on the alleged mismanagement of university affairs by the vice-chancellor, Prof. Isaac Omoro Ndiege.

The report was presented to Parliament on Tuesday.

"The committee recommends that anybody who is found to have graduated through fraudulent means should be stripped of the certificate and prosecuted accordingly," the report says.

A source at the university said the fraudulent graduations have been going on for a long time.

"When we say things are not right at Kyambogo, some people do not want to listen to us," the source said.

The committee also established other problems ranging from corruption, nepotism, irregular appointment and procurement practices, fraudulent payment of fees, use of university facilities for personal gain and out-right theft of university property.

The report revealed that the university operates at 30% staffing level and therefore, urged the public service ministry to expeditiously increase the level to at least 50%.

The revelations come a week after the university council sacked Ndiege over allegations of misuse of office. Ndiege has since petitioned the High Court to quash his dismissal, claiming it was malicious.

The Parliament report also exonerates Ndiege, saying, though he is a strict administrator who needs to improve his management style, the allegations are not entirely his own making.

On the allegation that Ndiege was compromising academic standards, the committee discovered that instead, Ndiege had initiated measures to curb examination leakages and malpractice. The deputy speaker of Parliament, Jacob Olanya, ruled that the report would be debated on another day.

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