Attempts by the students to meet the Inspector General of Police on Tuesday at the Police headquarters in Kampala did not yield fruit and instead they met IGP’s personal assistant.
Bukalasa Agriculture College students have vowed to boycott lectures until the government responds to an appeal the institution’s governing body made against the interpretation of Uganda Business Technical Board (Ubteb) Act.
According to the students, the college governing council, appealed against the Solicitor General’s (SG) interpretation of Ubteb exams seven months ago but no response has been offered since, something they say has affected their activities.
The students say Ubteb exams are meant for business and technical institutions, not students offering National Diplomas in Animal and Crop Husbandry.
After waiting for a response from government in vain, the students have vowed not to let any college administrator access their offices. They also say they will not attend lectures until the matter is addressed. The students also want the college remain independent.
“Bukalasa is the only national agriculture college in the country yet the government has failed to resolve a matter that if not handled well, could make the college lose its identity as a national agriculture college.
We made an appeal against the SG’s interpretation, where he had advised that Bukalasa students sit for the Ubteb exams,” Mr Godfrey Bakaiha, a student, told the Daily Monitor yesterday.
But the Ubteb public relations officer, Mr Paul Amoru, yesterday said while the government gave Ubteb the mandate to standardise technical and business education, there are still challenges of transition.
“There is an administrative issue at Bukalasa. They insist they (students) want to remain an independent institution. But the government has already decided to have one body to handle standardisation for such exams across the country,” Mr Amoru said. He added that the students had missed the May/June exams.
Meanwhile, the Luweero District police commander, Mr Samuel Bamuzibire, told this newspaper that the anti-riot police have been deployed at the college to provide security.