Administration speaks out on courses scrapped from Makerere University

Telecommunication engineering and Computer engineering are among the undergraduate courses scrapped from Makerere University for the academic year 2020/2021. This was communicated in a letter that made rounds all over social media as people expressed their dismay and shock at the news. The courses that were phased out are many that students thought are crucial which made many get disappointed when the news came out.

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The letter addressed to the Academic Registrar showing courses scrapped from Makerere University

List of courses scrapped from Makerere University

The courses that were phased out include;

  • Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences
  • Bachelor of Archives and Records Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Community Psychology
  • Bachelor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Adult and Community Education
  • Bachelor of Business Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Population Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics
  • Bachelor of in Wildlife Health and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Land Use and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

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According to Daily Monitor, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said, “We want to remain with only 62 undergraduate courses so that the staff can concentrate on the available courses and conduct more research because our aim is for Makerere to become a research-led university.”

The Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University Vincent Ssembatya explained that some of these courses were bringing in very small numbers of students who were reducing each coming year. Hence the University’s decision to have them scrapped because maintaining entire establishments to train a few students was costly.

The courses scrapped from Makerere University will be merged to reduce duplication. Dr Ssembatya said some courses such as Bachelor of Computer Engineering will be merged with Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Business Statistics will be merged with Bachelor of Statistics, while Bachelor of Development Economics will be merged with Bachelor of Economics.

This news was not appealing to many students who are currently doing courses scrapped from Makerere University because they believe that the courses are still of utmost importance and required for the students who are yet to join the university.

Vincent Ssembatya also explained in addition diploma programs have been phased out and students will take on these programs with the 18 institutions affiliated with the University.

This poses a challenge for students who are currently pursuing these courses as some worry about instances of retakes when they have to sit for a set of papers again but the course does not exist at the university anymore. For now, the only communication is that the courses scrapped from Makerere University are part of a decision to make changes. It remains uncertain how the University will respond to the queries that have been raised.

A student pursuing Telecommunication engineering in his final year said he does not mind the scrapping of the course provided he can receive his qualifications and leave the university.

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