Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Makerere University’s Online Registration System Breaks Down

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

The Online Registration System at Makerere University has broken down, making it impossible for the eighty eight year old institution to register its students. The only other option available is to resort to the old system of manual registration which was abandoned two years ago for reasons that it was time consuming and quite costly financially.

Although University Staff are tight lipped about this issue, one official in the Academic Registrar’s Department who preferred anonymity considering the sensitivity of the matter, confided in me that registration of students was impossible at the moment because “the system had broken down” adding that “we are currently waiting for someone to repair it but he is still abroad.”

The Course Work Week is soon approaching yet there is no mention of registration at all by administration. Normally this is the time when students are pressured to clear University fees and register lest they are precluded from doing Coursework which contributes 30% of the students’ overall mark in each subject at the end of the semester. In fact, some lecturers have started giving out Coursework questions.

The delayed registration exercise is becoming an issue of mixed concern and excitement to the student community who are wondering why this time round the administration is not keen on having them register within the first three weeks of the semester. Private students in particular are excited because the delay affords them more time within which to look for University fees and pay.

The Online Registration System was introduced in the 2008/2009 academic year. It was fully utilized during the 2009/2010 academic year when all students were required to use it for registration purposes. First year students though, still use the manual system of registration during their first semester for documentation and record-keeping purposes.

This system was highly advantageous in many respects. For instance, it was applauded for saving time by eliminating long queues that characterized the manual system.

Further it was cost effective because all that one needed was access to the University intranet without incurring costs on photocopying. It was also beneficial to the administration because it was no longer necessary for them to incur expenses on stationery and printing facilities.

The system also eased the payment of tuition in that students were no longer required to present bank slips to Faculty Registrars in order to register. The Online Registration System automatically captures and reflects all payments on a student’s Financial Statement within at least forty eight hours form the time of payment in a bank accredited to the University.

All these advantages are at the risk of being lost with the potential demise of the Online Registration System.