The Bird’s-Eye View: A retaker’s guide to getting the prize


Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures . This is why I was not shocked to learn that some students were conned of thousands of shillings by some wise chaps who claimed they would make their retakes disappear.

There is a saying in Ankole that only charcoal dies twice. It is burnt in the field before sale, and again burnt in the kitchen by the buyer.

The story of the conned students is related to that saying. They failed certain papers and lost money trying to illegally make up for the failure.

The Standard story entitled “Two arrested for defrauding students,” left some questions unanswered. For example, how did Andrew Geoffrey Lwanga, one of the accused, access the names of retakers in all courses matched with corresponding contact details? Does this kind of information appear on notice boards? If yes, does it appear with student names and contacts?

Secondly, why are university students susceptible to deception? Are they not empowered enough to reject questionable offers especially from car washers?

Thirdly, does the said car washer have the power to waive retakes away, with no insider help from the UCU academic system?

How certain are we that the victims named in the story are the only ones that have used this shoddy method to get around retakes and the academic system? Where does this leave our academic integrity?

As we await answers to the above questions, the biggest takeaway from this saga is that students now prefer the easy way out to hard work.

This generation places little value on time, let alone the effort required to keep a clean personal record.

I learnt the hard way that if you want to catch the big fish, you have to wear the big-boy pants and sail out to the deep waters.

If you want to be exceptional, you have to be ready to do the time and go the whole ten yards, because nothing comes easy.

I am also informed that some students go as far as attempting to bribe their lecturers with money and other material benefits, in a bid to get free marks. Sad indeed!

Whatever the circumstances, we should always seek to do the right thing.

The difference between price and prize is that one is paid and the other is given. If you are not willing to pay the academic price, do not expect a prize in form of a degree.

Today’s graduands can testify to that.

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