Uganda’s oldest Higher Education institution, Makerere University has moved the reopening dates of new students commonly referred to as freshers “till further notice”. Freshers were expected to report for the New Academic year on Monday.
“In order to ensure a wholesome experience of our great university, we are postponing the orientation of our freshmen and women which was due to begin on 1st February 2021 till further notice. We will announce a new date for orientation as soon as arrangements are finalized,” the university tweeted.
Earlier this week, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni through the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) ordered learning institutions to remain closed for other students expect finalist for the next three months when Makerere University had earlier planned reopening.
“The president has guided that all Higher Education Institutions should continue studying online for at least another 3 months. This is so as to enable government find a lasting solution,” a letter from NCHE reads.
However, Makerere University Vice chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe said he university could continue as earlier planned.
“we’re making arrangements to receive finalists as planned on 6th Feb, 2021. The rest of the students will continue studying online. Freshers will register and receive non-residential orientation beginning Monday 1st February,” Barnabas Nawangwe, the university Vice Chancellor tweeted on Wednesday.
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All learning institutions have been closed since March last year as a coronavirus control measure except for candidates and finalists who were allowed to go back in November.