On September 11th 2013 , the College Management together with the College students association MUCEESA officially welcomed first year students to the College of Education and External Studies. Held in a cheerful and humorous manner, the briefing captured the students’ attention of the issues discussed.
In his address to over 2000 students, the Principal, Dr Fred Masagazi urged the students to take their studies seriously in order to succeed. He cautioned the students about indiscipline and urged them to manage their time wisely. “It is important that you familiarize yourselves with the timetables and the university environment so that you avoid wasting time. There are so many activities and distractions that go on in the university. Your studies should be a priority.” He said.
The briefing, held in the School of Education conference hall also featured Deans of Schools, Chairs of Departments, Centre Coordinators, the College Bursar, Registrars and Librarian. Each speaker provided clarifications on policies and procedures of academic life at Makerere University.
The Dean School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, Dr George Openjuru stressed the need for students to be self directed since there is no policing at University as is the case in secondary schools. The Dean School of Education, Dr Betty Ezati urged the students to maintain the professional code of conduct of teachers and encouraged them to always read the notice boards for up to date information.
The briefing concluded with a question and answer session and a presentation on the teaching profession by Mr. Michael Walimbwa, Assistant lecturer in the Department of Foundations and Curriculum Studies.
The briefing was part of broader orientation activities that helped students acclimatize to academic life at the College. Students took part in departmental activities as well as student association activities.
By Sheila Mwebaze Tindi