Makerere University Law School has banned evening classes ahead of the 2019/2020 academic year.
At the start of the last academic year (2018/2019), Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe announced that they were trying to do away with evening courses sighting financial constraints and that the university did not have enough resources to run both day and evening classes.
Now on Monday this week, Makerere University’s School of Law announced that they will not be having evening classes despite advertising the programme.
In a background check by Nile Post, 200 students were granted admission to the evening programme that starts next week at the Law School.
The students have now been advised to reschedule and join the day programme or else wait until January 2020 when the university will start on a new executive programme, something that has attracted mixed reactions.
Some students argue that they can not change to the day programme since they have jobs and they risk losing them if they take on the day lectures although some have embraced the new changes.
Makerere University’s head of communications Muhammad Kiggundu confirmed the changes and said that students that can not change to the day programme will have to wait until January when the university launches a new programme which they called the “executive” programme.
Kiggundu said that students on the executive programme will still graduate with their fellows in the August intake but they will have the privilege of studying as and when they can.
“We shall have a new programme that we have called ‘executive’. It will start in January next year but the students on this programme will still graduate at the same time with those starting in August,” Kigunddu said in part.
In May this year, Makerere advertised placements in both day and evening programmes and now the students are asking why the university announced placements on a programme that they won’t be offering.