?“With the investors coming on board, housing and lecture halls would be a thing of the past in MMUST. I believe we shall make progress to improve our learning facilities,” he said.
?This assurance comes against a backdrop of a recent letter addressed to the PS Higher Education Chrispus Kiamba by the academic staff over what they termed as unsafe and unhealthy lecture halls, hired by the institution.
??In the letter to Prof Kiamba, they stated that lecture halls at Nakumatt’s Beholden Mall and Vodka/Shivas Arcade do not adhere to guidelines as spelled out in the university’s statute.
The letter was copied to the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, Commission for Higher Learning and the University’s Council chairman. ?They complained that the two lecture halls were congested, with poor ventilation and lighting, exposing the students to risks.
?Makhanu sought to explain that the problem arose during last semester’s examinations because the venues for conducting the exams were few.
?He noted that they had to hire places where students sat for the examinations while the first years continued with their lectures.
?“Our idea did not go well with some of the lecturers and that is the reason they opted to demand for studies to be deferred,’’ he explained.
?Makhanu reiterated that they cannot defer studies for one semester as the institution is capable of managing the situation despite the difficulties they face.
?Nick Bett, a fifth year Engineering student asked the university to make good use of the long vacation that often takes almost four months to put in place more lecture rooms.
?“I do not see the problem ending but getting worse as the enrolment would be enormous,’’ Bett noted.