Campus – The Guild President for KIU Western Campus, John Natumanya, has advised students to use the lockdown productively if they want to remain afloat in the academic sphere.
“I advise my fellow students and youths to use this holiday productively academically by reading their books, handouts and use the e-learning platform provided by the university,” Natumanya, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, said.
He says he tells this to the students who call him every day and also holds daily online discussions
with the guild speaker Nasser Kinene and Dean of Students Maureen Asiimwe to
consider how best to reply to student queries on various issues affecting them.
sometimes call me seeking counsel on various issues ranging from academic to
personal and I consult with the speaker and our patron before getting back to
them,” said Natumanya, who is self-isolating at his parents’ home in Kyabitara
village, Nyabubaare sub-county in Bushenyi district.
He says he does
this in the afternoon after revising his handouts and online notes available on
the KIU e-learning platform in the mornings. Since he majors in mathematics and
physics, Natumanya says he has to do additional online exercises in addition to
the assignments given by the lecturers.
Natumanya also says
he has used the lockdown period to ease the burden of domestic chores on his
“I always do
domestic work like fetching water, cleaning around the house and weeding with
my brother. Occasionally, when I have spare time on my hands, I help out with
grazing the livestock,” he said.
Since he is a
leader, he has to always keep in touch with students, lecturers, fellow guild
union members and university administrators. He does this by discussing with
them on WhatsApp and where necessary texting and calling them.
Being an aspiring leader in the public sphere, he keeps in touch with honourable members
of parliament for advice and also to get firsthand information about the
district’s COVID-19 plans, which he later shares with those who call him with
Photo credit: John Natumanya