Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has been postponed its online examinations citing challenges with the e-learning system which went down.
MUBS had started online exams on September 27th with the exams expected to end by October 9th. However, the academic registrar, Eldred Kyomuhangi Manyindo, says that they were forced to postpone some papers due to the failure of the system to handle a large number of submissions by the students.
This affected papers that were scheduled for September 30th, October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The affected exams will now take place from October 13th to 16th after the system problem has been troubleshooted.
“The school is experiencing technical challenges with the Makerere University Business School e-learning platform (MUBSEP) that are being addressed. Due to these challenges, the exams have been postponed and will be completed on October 17th,” Manyindo says in a circular to students.
MUBS e-learning center on Thursday referred students to heads of departments and deans to handle the issues surrounding submission and late submission of examinations. According to a circular issued by the e-learning center, examinations that will be submitted to private staff addresses like emails will not be marked by lecturers.
“Do not submit your examinations on any private staff email. Your examinations will not be considered. Seek guidance from your respective heads of department or deans of faculty on how to proceed,” reads the circular.
The Nakawa-based institution had not held exams since the second Covid-19 lockdown was announced in June this year. The system broke down and the website was put under maintenance ahead of their long-awaited exams. This is not the first technical problem that has been experienced by MUBS, the institution faced a system breakdown at the start of the online examinations.
“The MUBS e-learning platform will not be available today. Sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation,” read a notification on the website.
MUBS and other universities like Makerere and Ndejje University among others opted for online examinations when the government announced the second lockdown.