Pentecostal University Students Protest Graduation Delay

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The students staged protests at the university campus at Kahungabunyonyi, today, upon confirming that the university senate deferred the ceremony to February, 24.

More than 750 students of Uganda Pentecostal University in Fort Portal are protesting the postponement of their graduation initially scheduled to take place this Friday.

The students staged protests at the university campus at Kahungabunyonyi, today, upon confirming that the university senate deferred the ceremony to February, 24.

Students from the Journalism, Education and Social Sciences departments stormed the campus  seeking answers from the Vice Chancellor. They were calmed by Anti-riot police.

Police also convinced the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Nassan Batungi, who had locked himself in the office, to address the students. Batungi explained that they were forced to postpone the graduation in order to crosscheck reports by a whistle-blower, that the graduation list had names of students who did not sit for examinations and therefore did not qualify for graduation.

Batungi added that some faculties had also not submitted student's examination marks to the academic registrar. He is optimistic that the postponement will give them adequate time to probe and generate a genuine list of graduates.

However the students were irked by his explanations and accused the University of being incompetent.

Edith Alunya, a student from Kenya says that students should have been informed a month earlier and not three days to the graduation day. Alunya explains that she and her parents had traveled from Kenya, in preparation for the event.

The students also demanded compensation from the university for money they spent on booking venues for parties and transport from various parts of the country.
 
 

 

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