Universities report low student attendance after reopening

Stakeholders at various universities across the country have reported that student participation in learning activities is still, a week after they were allowed to reopen.

President Yoweri Museveni recently gave universities the green light to reopen for finalists, however, not all students have heeded to the call, with some yet to report to class.

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The walkways leading to different lecture rooms and offices are virtually empty, some with overgrown lawns, and a few students strolling by.

Most lecture rooms are empty except for those where lectures are due to take place. The seats are strategically placed at a two-metre distance with some students studying in shifts with one group attending in the morning, while the other comes in the afternoon.

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The halls of residence are also nearly empty, with only final year students permitted to return, many of whom found the rooms dusty, with cobwebs, dirty clothes and rats moving about.

Social distancing and mask-wearing are mandatory in class, however, the opposite seems to happen outside lecture rooms, with numerous students not following the SOPs.

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Students are also constrained by the limited access to university academic resources such as libraries and laboratories due to limited time within the campus.

Makerere University library which previously closed at 10:45 pm is now out of bounds at 5:00 pm.

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