BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021
A total of 20 nursing students will this Saturday graduate with Bachelor of Nursing Science from Muni University in Arua city.
They are the first cohort of nurses to complete the four-year course at West Nile’s premier university.
At least 26 students had registered for Bachelor of Nursing Science during the maiden enrollment but six are unable to graduate due to various reasons including not sitting for exams and not passing some papers.
Of the nurses, six of them are male and 14 are female according to the statistics from the office of the academic registrar.
“We are grateful that Muni University is making a contribution to the country and the world at a time when health professionals are highly needed,” Prof. Christine Dranzoa, the university Vice chancellor said.
The nurses are part of 103 graduates who will be passed out during Muni University’s fourth graduation ceremony since its establishment.
The others are from bachelor of information systems, Bachelor of Science in information technology, Bachelor of Science with education (biological) and Bachelor of Science with education (physical).
Although medical and health science degrees are not classified, Mark Kaweesa who scored a cumulative average grade of 4.47 points emerged the best nursing student and joins the league of three exceptional graduates from other courses who have passed with first class degrees.
These are Stella Nafuna, the star of information technology, who scored 4.47 and Jimmy Caku (4.51) and Bernard Kayonga (4.46) who topped the Bachelor of Science with education.
The graduation of this batch of students takes to 379, the total number of students trained and passed at Muni University in the various courses over the years.
The nurses will take their professional oath on Friday using an on-line link before the D-day in which Dr. Joyce Moriku, the state minister for primary education, will represent the minister of education and sports, Janet Museveni.
University officials have explained that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the graduation will be graced by few notables while the graduates will follow the ceremony through a zoom link and on the university’s you-tube channel.
Prof. Dranzoa said the students would have completed their academic year in 2020 but were sent home when the country went into lock-down, shutting off education institutions to contain Covid-19 pandemic.
Muni University migrated to full time on-line teaching while arranging with institutions such as the Arua regional referral hospital to place the nurses for practical training.
“We have tried our best and hope that the community and parents will benefit from this endeavor,” Prof. Dranzoa said.