Kyambogo Yet To Deliver Examination Materials To Colleges

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National Teachers Colleges are still waiting for Kyambogo University to deliver examination materials for both final and end of year one examinations.

National Teachers Colleges are still waiting for Kyambogo University to deliver examination materials for both final and end of year one examinations.
  
Officials from the colleges say they have made all the preparations and are only waiting for the examining authority to deliver the materials.
  
By Wednesday last week, the university had not yet printed the examination materials. Professor Elli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the acting Vice Chancellor said the strike by the non-teaching staff in public universities had affected the process. He said the university would use the facilities of the Uganda National Examinations Board to print the materials.
  
Katunguka said the materials would be delivered to the teachers' colleges on Saturday and Sunday. However, by midday today no material had been delivered.
  
The examinations were supposed to start today with Art Exhibition, but in Muni National Teachers College, it has been postponed until after the theory papers. When URN reporter visited Muni National Teachers' College in Arua, he found officials in the college clearing students for the examinations. The college even postponed the start of art exhibition that should have commenced this morning.
  
Unofficial sources say the practical paper was postponed because the instructions had not been delivered. However, when our reporter asked the Assistant Academic Registrar, Emmanuel Acidri Bileti, he denied the claim. He said the postponement was technical and that the paper would be done after the written examinations.
  
Acidri says the college has made all the arrangements for the conduct of the examinations. He also confirmed that the examination materials had not yet arrived but was hopeful that they will arrive by the end of the day.
  
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He says with art exhibition, they will make arrangements to have it after the rest of the papers. He says they had to postpone because the exhibition demands a lot of space.
  
Acidri says all the lecture halls and other spaces are being set up for written work and will not be easy to reorganize.
  
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Kyambogo University is yet to respond on whether the examination materials are ready, and if so when they will be delivered to the colleges. Attempts to get clarifications from both the University Public Relations Office and Vice Chancellor's office proved futile by the time of filing this story.
  
The strike that kicked off on August 1st has paralysed operations in most of the public universities across the country. The staff is demanding for salary enhancement dating back to 2015/2016 financial year when President Yoweri Museveni made the promise.
  
Under their umbrella of Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executives Forum (PUNTSEF), the staff representatives met education minister Janet Museveni today to end the strike.  But after the meeting Jackson Betihamah, PUNTSEF chairperson said there are still some "sticking issues" that should be addressed before they call off the strike.