By John Kazooba
Events that preceded the suspension of key staff of Victoria University have come to light.
Watchdog website has established that Students Guild wrote to the campus Director Rajiv Ruparelia asking him to take action against lecturers and dons at the institution, who are not meeting their end of the bargain.
In the letter, the students’ body claimed that lecturers were not listening to their grievances, and were not approachable.
“Our university administrators are no longer approachable. They don’t interact with us to address our concerns,” the students said.
Students further reported that lecturers were coming late for lectures while others dodges classes, a disease that has eaten universities.
Mr Ruparelia has said that he would do everything in his means to restore the glory of one of the fastest rising private universities in the country.He further warned that to keep the standards of the university high, he expected high discipline levels from staff and students.
“I will not allow the deans to run the university as they want,” said Mr Ruparelia.
“The most important people in the university are the students. If the students have written a formal complaint that the deans are not doing their jobs right, what am I to do?” he added.
The administrators had argued that Mr Ruparelia had taken over the running of the University operations.
They claimed this was in breach of laws governing tertiary institutions in Uganda.When the dons refused to turn up for duty, they got fired.
“The acting vice chancellor, deans and heads of department resolved not to report for work effective November 1, 2016. Consequently, they have breached their contract of employment and constructively dismissed themselves from the university service,” wrote Dr David Byatike Matovu, the chairman of the university’s governing council.
Some of the officials accused of breaching their contracts are Dr Patience Muwanguzi (Dean of Public Health), Mr Maximus Byamukama (Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology) and Dr Martha Kibuuka-Musoke (Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences).
The University administrators say it’s committed to the advancement of higher education in the country and the East African region by establishing exemplary, specialised and employment-oriented education.
The University’s backbone is backed by the Ruparelia Group which is notable in the education sector in Uganda and has under its portfolio the renowned Kampala International School Uganda and Kampala Parents’ School.