Parliament to investigate closure of Busoga University

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has tasked the Parliamentary Committee on Education to look into the alleged closure of Busoga University by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
According to a petition by stakeholders of Busoga University, NCHE published a notice of its intention to revoke Busoga University's provisional license on 19 December 2016. This according to the petitioners was despite communication that the university was ready to be granted the Charter Accreditation Status following inspection in 2014.
“This petition stands referred to the Committee on Education to handle within the framework of our rules and also subject to my previous communication on handling budgetary matters,” said Oulanyah.
The petition was presented by Kigulu South MP, Hon. Andrew Kaluya, during a plenary sitting on Thursday, 28 March 2019. Kaluya said the actions of NCHE prompted the university administration to seek legal redress.
“On 20 January 2017, Busoga University secured an interim court order from the Constitutional Court which restrained the NCHE from implementing its notice of intention to revoke the provisional license… including the order not to recruit new students…,” said Kaluya.
The petition also cites contemptuous conduct by NCHE, which it notes has caused damage and stress to the university, its students, alumni and other university stakeholders.
“It has since appeared that the NCHE and the Ministry of Education and Sports were motivated by a corrupt commercial interest to relocate Busoga University's students to other private institutions of higher learning for a personal gratification fee,” reads the petition in part.
Kaluya said that the petitioners pray for an investigation into the closure of the university by the NCHE, as well as, ‘direct the Minister of State for Higher Education to halt planned relocation of students to other private institutions’.
“Your humble petitioners also pray that this Parliament directs Ministry of Education and Sports to fast-track and expedite Government takeover of Busoga University in the manner that was directed by the President of the Republic of Uganda,” Kaluya added.