Why students will never tell the truth

As the University semester gets tough with a need to clear-out commitment fees for registration, assignments and tests day in day out, students as well get stressed with both social and financial issues.

While other students joining the working sector, comes a problem of time balancing at both work and campus (course assignments).

This situation ruins the relationship between students and their tutors; with lecturers believing students will never say the truth rather excuses.

Dr Brian Semujju, a lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Communication believes students come up with all kinds of excuses for missing assignments and other work.

They will never say, “I missed class or an assignment because I was out late last night”. They will end up telling you how they lost their grandparents.

“Grandparents do die; it happens, but they don’t die as often as we are told and their deaths don’t always coincide with coursework and assignments deadlines in the syllabus,” Dr Semujju believes.


Dr Brian Semujju Uganda’s ‘Nascent’ Mass Communication scholar.


According to Ms Lyn Tukei, a fourth Journalism and communication student, during the course many possible situations may arise that would result in our inability to attend class or submit assignments before deadlines.

Illness or injury, family emergencies, birthday parties and many unforeseen circumstances can often coincide with assignments deadlines.

“It is hard for lecturers to believe us when we say the truth, therefore we end up forging issues to be accepted,” Tukei says.


Ms Lyn Tukei, a fourth year student at Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University


“In the case of our own illness or injury, confirmation from a physician is required. University Health Services cannot provide such verification unless they have provided treatment and sometimes we be having our own illness that needs family doctors so we have to forge other excuses like death, accident to sort thing out,” she adds.

However, Mr Aloysius Kwitonda a literature lecturer at Makerere University receives a number of excuses from students on evening programmes claiming their classes are merged with those on day programmes.

“They always use that as an excuse, claiming they work and unable able to attend classes as they applied for evening,” Kwitonda explains.

“I tend to just let their excuses pass even when I know that am being lied to because these are students, and I was once like them,” he explains.

For Mr Allan Kimuli , a fourth year Journalism and Communication student on evening programme who works during daytime for his tuition, says, the University is unfair to evening students because assignments are given during day where they are forced to be part of yet they never applied for it.

“Sometimes the class leader calls you when you’re at work just to hear the lecturer has given an in-class assignment, you drive, Jam on the way but denied access to the class; it is very terrible for us,” Kimuli narrates.

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