- The vice is on the rice in mostly public universities
BY STANDARD TEAM
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has advised students to uphold the identity of Uganda Christian University (UCU) without exchanging their bodies for marks.
Ntagali, who is the chancellor of UCU, made the remarks on June 7 while addressing the university community during his pastoral visit of the Trinity Semester at the Agape Square.
The chancellor, himself a 1981 graduate of UCU (before the university upgraded from the Bishop Tucker Theological College) was particularly critical of the vice where male and female professors demand for sex from students in order to advance them grades.
“Do not make UCU like Makerere where there are cases of lectures asking students for sex in order to give them marks. Students, if a lecturer asks you for sex in exchange for marks, say no in the name of Jesus,” he proclaimed amidst loud cheers.
According to a Transparency International Survey report published in the EastAfrican newspaper, several female students in universities and secondary schools get free marks from their teachers in exchange for sexual favours.
The survey conducted in February and May this year detailed that lecturers in some cases undertake research projects and compile the findings for students.
These students later use their first class honours’ degrees to secure some of the best jobs in the private and public service yet they are not qualified for the positions and cope with the demands.
“The sin of sexual immorality needs urgent attention. If we have such professors at this gallant university, tell them that they are in the wrong place. They need to repent and become agents of Christian transformation because UCU will not tolerate such paralysis,” Ntagali scoffed.
He further cautioned that it is possible to find oneself in hot soup if one is easily swayed by material possessions.
“If you lead your life as a wise person does, you will get value for your time but if you walk recklessly like a fool, you will mess up your lives up and live a life of regret.”
Reacting to the chancellor’s message, a former law student, Molly Kyomugisha, said that while students often accuse lecturers of demanding for sex for marks, female students are also partly to blame for not working hard enough.
“Some of them are not serious; they do not go to class and at the end of the day want better grades. Some lecturers will obviously take advantage,” said the 25-year-old who was on campus clearing for the forthcoming graduation.
Ntagali urged students to focus on Jesus, the who has the power to liberate, transform and redeem His people.