Kyambogo Denies Issuing Wrong Degrees

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Katunguka says the university may have committed errors on the transcripts that do not warrant allegations of wrong degrees being issued. The errors, he says, were limited to 10 students and that the university has recalled the students to correct the transcripts.

Kyambogo University Vice chancellor Professor Elly Katunguka has dismissed allegations that the institution issued wrong degrees in its 2013/14 academic year.

Katunguka says the university may have committed errors on the transcripts that do not warrant allegations of wrong degrees being issued. The errors, he says, were limited to 10 students and that the university has recalled the students to correct the transcripts.

One of the leading dailies reported on Monday that Kyambogo University had issued incorrect transcripts to its graduates. The transcripts, it was reported, had several errors related to names, course units and inaccurate marks.  The paper further revealed that, a big number of students who graduated in February had lodged complaints with the office about the anomalies on their transcripts.

However, Prof. Katunguka raises two theories that may have resulted into the errors on the transcript. The first is that students had added names to those that they used while joining the university through dubious means but were never added to the transcripts. These students had now returned the transcripts demanding that their names be corrected. This he says will go through a verification process before it can be rectified.

The errors on results, he adds, were ‘typographical errors’ which are ‘human’. He says the data entrants may have entered wrong results that were added to the transcripts. He adds that this too is being rectified.
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The chain of entry of marks in Kyambogo is such that students’ results are entered at the transcripts office after being submitted by departmental heads. After their release, the results are then pinned at the faculty and a one month deadline given for complaints. After the month is complete, the publishing of transcripts then takes place. During this chain, Katunguka says, errors ‘might happen’.

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Kyambogo University passed out over 3,000 graduates in February from their different disciplines of education. The graduation however bore a string of complaints about the errors on the academic transcripts that were offered.

A visit to the transcripts office revealed that complaints had been filed by students over what they considered as ‘errors’ on their transcripts. The nature of the complaints was however not accessible as the office said they had started working on them.

It will take them another month before the transcripts can be handed back to them with corrections.

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.