In response to revelations in a recent exposé by the Monitor, the Ugandan Education Ministry has expressed shock and dismay over the ongoing academic malpractice within the country’s universities.
This scandal is a blatant violation of the existing zero tolerance policy against academic fraud.
State Minister for Higher Education, Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, has called for a comprehensive investigation into reports of professional misconduct at some of Uganda’s top universities.
These reports indicate that students are involved in an illicit marks-for-money scheme.
Dr. Muyingo expressed his outrage, stating, “If this is happening, then we need to investigate it. That is corruption! It is unacceptable and should be fought vigorously by every citizen of Uganda. I am one of the stakeholders, and I am eager to receive your findings so that I can take aggressive action against this corrupt practice.”
Equally concerned, Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo, the Executive Director of the University Vice Chancellors Forum, echoed the call for an investigation.
He emphasized that if the reports are true, it is regrettable and detrimental to the quality of academic qualifications.
Prof. Lugujjo urged the administrators of these institutions to continue their investigations to address this issue promptly.
He further noted that when students receive free marks, it compromises the integrity of the assessment objectives.
Additionally, he expressed concern for young professionals who may risk their careers by engaging in such practices.
During an undercover investigation spanning three months, the Kyambogo University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eli Katunguka, also emphasized the dangers to Uganda’s education sector due to this malpractice.
He highlighted the issue of students receiving marks without actually studying, leading to a lack of knowledge and skills that are vital in the job market.