Muni University Graduation Hangs in Balance over Limited Funds

Muni university officials appearing before the House committee

The administration of Muni University has expressed fear that its students may not be able to graduate next year if the institution’s budgetary allocations remain constant.

The fear was highlighted by the University Secretary Rev. Dr. Epiphony Picho Odubuker while meeting with MPs on the Education Committee to discuss the institution’s Budget framework paper for the next Financial year 2019/2020.

Dr. Picho said that despite a steady increase in the number of students and staff who have joined the university since 2015, the university’s non-wage budget has not increased in proportion.

Picho said the limited funds allocated to the University have crippled activities at the institution.

The university’s non-wage bill that was Shs 3.4bn in 2015/2016 was maintained for the following years but was later reduced to Shs3.2bn in the year 2017/2018, he revealed.

However, in the subsequent year 2018/2019, the funds were increased to Shs 4.4bn.

The funding trends have not been favorable despite an increase in students from 90 to 400 and an increase in members of staff from 50 to 178 over the last three years, Picho said.

He explained that the shortage in funding may lead to students failing to get promoted or graduate given that several activities that contribute to grading and examination remain unfunded.

He cited nursing students being unable to undertake clinical practice, science students failing to enroll for internship and education students failing to undertake teaching practice.

“If we don’t receive the supplementary we have requested for, we are not going to promote any students neither are we going to graduate any”.

“The science students have the recess term where they do internship and that also accounts for part of their results, they will not be able to do recess. Therefore, they will have missing marks that is why they will not be promoted and that is why none will graduate,” Picho explained.

The university Vice Chancellor, Prof. Christine Dranzoa told MPs that the university council and the senate which approves results were unable to sit due to limited finances.

“We can’t call Council or Senate to meet because how will we fund them? You can’t upload marks because they have to be approved by Senate which we can’t call,” Prof. Dranzoa said.

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