EXCLUSIVE: Makerere university graduation transcripts delayed over debt

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A British security printing firm has paused the printing of Makerere University certificates for the 2019 graduates over unsettled arrears.

Security printer Smith & Ouzman, a leading authority on security printing solutions and document fraud prevention based in the United Kingdom is said to have declined to print more certificates unless the university clears the outstanding debt whose magnitude remains unknown.

A document from the firm authored on October 3 indicates that the company has not received any communication from the University’s Procurement Department regarding the contract for printing the certificates and have therefore halted the process until further notice, pending clearance of the outstanding amount.

Each graduate paid 30,000 shillings as certificate fee, prior to graduation. Some victims of this situation include the Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelors of Dental Surgery students graduated from Makerere in January this year, they have not accessed academic certificate, which is a requirement for license and registration by their professional body, Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) and have threatened to take legal action.