The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has assured the alumni and students of Busoga University that they are going to probe the institution’s closure.
In December 2017, the chairperson for National Council for Higher Education, Prof John Opuda, revoked the university’s operational license over its alleged failure to recruit qualified staff, teaching unaccredited courses and graduating students who did not meet the requirements.
President Yoweri Museveni, in a letter dated 8 January to the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni directed government to takeover two struggling private universities; Mountains of the Moon and Busoga University, naming a committee chaired by Dr John Chrysestom Muyingo to oversee the process.
After receiving the alumni and students’ petition on Monday at Parliament, Kadaga said, “The Education Committee will invite you for a hearing. We are going to process the necessary papers and take them to the plenary.”
Among the matters for action included a call to Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports, to fast-track the takeover of Busoga University as well as investigate allegations of a revoked license of the institution.
Bais Godfrey Ndada, chairman of Busoga University Alumni Association told the Speaker of unknown officials from Government who had spread false information about the institution’s capacity to carry out academic affairs and had failed to follow up on a Presidential directive.
“On January 8, 2018, the President directed the Minister for Education to take over Busoga University. But a year on, some people have moved to fail progress on this directive,” Ndada said.
He also told Kadaga of allegations that the university was accepting undergraduate students without minimum qualifications, which had tarnished the good image of the institution.