Friday, May 15, 2015


THE IVORY TOWER. THE HARVARD OF AFRICA. THE BEST UNIVERSITY IN AFRICA. THE ONE WHICH THINKS THAT IF YOU DID NOT GO THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER. THE PLACE WHERE THEIR OWN STUDENTS KILL THEIR COLLEAGUES. THE ONE WITH NO CRITICAL THINKING BUT HAVE AN ARROGANCE THAT RESULTS IN 90% OF THEM BEING UNEMPLOYED BECAUSE THEY DARE NOT WORK FOR A PERSON WITHOUT A DEGREE OR WHO DID NOT GO THERE. Hey, your own students say that so get over it. You people even have your own professors selling grades now? Well, I would rather drop out of school. How is that egg white looking on your face now? Please take a selfie and share it the way you shared the beating to death of your colleague. The world awaits. I hope you like your life now. Ouch, this hurts NOT. All insults are intended.
KAMPALA- Makerere University has uncovered a racket in which university staff sell examination marks to failed students through Facebook link and mobile money network.
Printouts show how some students submitted their registration numbers and lists of course units to the staff at the university data rooms to give them better marks than they actually scored in the examinations.
A university source told Saturday Monitor that while Makerere University publicly down-plays the problem, it is internally digging deeper to get to the core of the racket that involves some top administrators.
Racket netted
Some students in the scheme were netted by the university administrators and investigators and asked to surrender their passwords to their social media accounts.
A printout of their social media accounts revealed the trail of their correspondences with some officials in charge of the university’s Senate data base and how the original marks were altered for better grades.
Senate is the university’s highest academic decision making body and approves the final marks and grading for students before the graduation list is confirmed.
A Facebook account bearing names of Sultan Ed Eddy, who claims to be a student at the university, was linked to a one Jack Mathew, alleged to be working at the university to give him higher marks. Subsequently, Eddy became an agent, linking other students from the Faculty of Economics and Management to Mathew for the same purpose.
“I have access to data. In fact, I can fix missing papers and marks. If you have a retake, I can help you get rid of it by giving you any mark above 50 per cent. I can also improve on CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) if you want for all faculties except ICT,” Mathew shared with his clients on his social media account on June 21, assuring them that they can only pay after confirming that work has successfully been done.
“When I change the results, the change also reflects online (, the university website) so she can confirm from there. But the best proof is to get a testimonial from the registrar. If she won’t be satisfied with the online confirmation only, we may have to wait till results come out,” Mathew wrote to a student through the Facebook account.
A fortnight later, Eddy reappeared with a client under student number 209011161 and registration number (09/u/3770/eve) from the Institute of Statistics, who wanted results for his 13 course units altered.
Excited at the money offer, Mathew asked whether it was cash. He indicated that though he charges Shs300, 000 per paper worked upon, he could settle for Shs100, 000 since the papers were many.
Saturday Monitor verified the several registration numbers shared during this Facebook conversation and found they exist on the Makerere University website. For example, the names registered under this account are Allan Busingye.
In the Facebook conversation, the papers which he wanted changed reflected marks ranging between 55 per cent and 75 per cent at the time Saturday Monitor logged onto his student account on the university website. Some had a sign RT to mean retake.
Seen alterations
After the alteration, some of the scores read thus: MTH1201 Calculus II (62%) but indicates a retake (RT) on it, MTH 2193 Differential Equations (65%), MTH2104 Linear Algebra II (63%), SAS2101 Mathematics of Finance II (57%) RT, SA2102 Life Contingencies I (68%), STA2101 Probability Theory II (63%), ECO 2201 Macro Economics (70%), SAS 2202 Life Contingencies II (69%), STA 2210 Linear Programming I (55%), Accounting II (60%)RT, SAS 3116 Management Accounting (70%), STA 3102 Multivariate Analysis (67%) and STA3103 National Accounting and Income Analysis (71%).
To stay safe, Mathew objected to the suggestion of meeting his client physically and preferred to stay online unless it became absolutely necessary to meet physically. Eddy shared his mobile number as 0773032207 and payment was to be made by mobile money transfer on number 0788269361.
Saturday Monitor was unable to verify the names under which these mobile phone numbers are registered.
In communication to his clients, Mathew warns that continuing students are less risky because their results are not reviewed critically.
By August, the marks racket had reached epidemic proportions with many students streaming in to have their results altered.
But fate struck very fast. One of the accounts of students who had been assisted was blocked in October, sending a signal to Mathew that his days could be numbered before he could be exposed.
In turn, Mathew alerted Eddy but urged him to hold onto his clients.
“I went through all the clients you have so far given me and one has been blacklisted. I had only changed one account for that person.
Jose and other guys are still okay ever since I put their results but I am not sure if they only indicated in the system and no paper work. I don’t know what we shall do for that person but for now no one should go there. For safety am waiting until things cool down before I can change anyone’s things,” Mathew wrote to Eddy.
At this time, the university officials had swung into action following complaints from various Colleges that results for some students were not corresponding to the departmental records.
How the racket works
Under this racket, some unqualified students were cleared for the graduation of January this year.
On December 27, the Dean of Makerere University School of Languages, Literature and Communication, Dr Aaron Mushengyezi, wrote to the Academic Registrar demanding that names of 24 students from his school be deleted from the graduation list, which was due in January 2015.
On the list was Cissy Lutalo, who had been a subject of investigations into several examination-related irregularities and had been suspended for two years.
“Some third year Bachelor of Arts students, who had been cleared for graduation, are hereby recalled from the January 2015 graduation list with immediate effect. Their examination results have been investigated and found to be inconsistent with the records in the department,” Mr Mushengyezi said.
The letter indicates that Hadija Aedeke’s marks had mysteriously changed from 42 per cent in Communication Skills to 70 per cent, Nanyonga K Yudaya’s grades were upgraded from 45 per cent to 80 per cent, while Nassali Hajjarah’s score went up to 85 per cent from the initial 31 per cent.
But to Mushengyezi’s shock, while the other names were deleted off the graduation list, the trio were reinstated and actually graduated in January this year.
“Three of the students were surprisingly reinstated on the graduation list in addendum two. This is to seek your explanation as to why these students were cleared for graduation. If this was an error on your part, you should immediately withhold their transcripts until they have cleared their retakes in Communication Skills,” Mr Mushengyezi observed in his January 28 letter, five days after the graduation ceremony.
Mr William Tayebwa, a lecturer in the department of Journalism and Communication, found out that his student, Freda Ajok, who had scored 44 per cent in Public Relations Writing and Production, had also graduated after her results were altered to 71 per cent.

The head of Development Studies department, Mr Godfrey Asiimwe, also had marks for 12 of his students changed.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu, confirmed the racket and said he was waiting for a report from the team the management appointed to investigate the marks scam.
“I am having the report next week. Trust me to work on it,” Prof Ddumba told Saturday Monitor on Thursday.

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