Students Do Exams Without Permits as AIMS Fails

Written by: 
Aguti Moureen


Makerere University students were all allowed to sit end of semester examinations without permits. This was because the Academic Information Management Systems (AIMS) broke down, and the students were not able to print out examination permits, nor could the registrars verify them.

The students only received a message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration) saying because the system was down, all students who turned for the examinations would be allowed to do them.

Prof. William Bazeyo appealed to the invigilators to students without permits to attend exams.

Students who talked to journalism@mak say the administration did well to allow them sit for papers without permits, because the problem was not theirs.

"I came early in the morning at 7am and went to the office to have my permit printed but the system could not open. I was relieved when we were allowed to sit for the paper with just bank slips," remarked a third year Bachelor of Journalism and Communication student, Semeh Sunguti.

AIMS was designed to improve service delivery to students through enabling them to apply, register, check for marks, pay tuition, print exam permits without wasting time in long queues and clear for graduation which started this academic year. But it has been dogged by many challenges including lack of proper sensitization, and complaints from students that it is most of the time off.