By our reporter
Makerere University Council has resolved that all new students starting with the coming year 2018/2019 will be admitted to study on either the day programme from 8am to 5pm or on the afternoon programme from 2pm to 6pm.
The revelation was made by the University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe this morning during the University’s monthly press briefing.
Apparently, every lecturer at Makerere is expected to teach 10 hours each week. Due to under-funding by government, the university liberalized courses leading to the creation of more courses and introduction of evening courses in early 1990s.
The university resolved to pay lecturers allowances to teach on the evening program for the extra load. Lecturers would earn between Shs 30,000 and Shs 50,000 each hour.
Following the demands of staff for a pay rise in 2013 and subsequent closure of the university due to the lecturers strike, the University Council collapsed all the staff allowances into what was then referred to as an incentive paid to all staff per month.
However, the university failed to pay staff for eight months prompting them to lay down their tools again in 2016. The staff strike prompted students to strike forcing President Yoweri Museveni to close the university in his capacity as a visitor to public universities.