Makerere university vice chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe says the University Council sat to ‘review the implementation’ and not abolish evening programmes as the media seems to have misunderstood.
According to him, for quite some time now, Makerere University Academic Staff Association [MUASA] has called for the abolition of evening programmes if the university council is unable to pay staff teaching on these programmes.
The majority of the evening programmes require more resources to run them than the revenue they bring, he explained.
“Nobody will be required to teach more than 12 hours on the day and afternoon programmes, so the issue of teaching on evening programmes for free is redundant,” he said, days after the university scrapped the evening programme.
Nawangwe said staff teaching more than 12 hours a week on day and afternoon programmers will be compensated on terms to be approved by Council.
Colleges which fulfil quotas on day and evening programmes will be allowed to run evening programmes and they will be responsible for managing such programmes, including paying the lecturers and other staff who manage those programmes.
Colleges which choose to run evening programmes will contribute only 20% of revenue to the Centre to cater for central activities.
He said consultations with key stakeholders were made before the Council resolution.
The Council decision is the best for those who wish to continue offering evening programmes and for those who do not, Nawangwe explained.
“I personally have no problem with people running to the media if they must, but they should do so after understanding the issues to be discussed there”.
He said management of evening programmes directly by colleges will remove red tape which has increasingly made the evening programmes inefficient.
This decision will bring back innovation to the colleges. It is the best decision for the Students because service delivery will improve.
Appearing on “NTV Fourth Estate” programme, Nawangwe denied a management crisis at Makerere, saying the issue of money and problems started in 1989.
In 2013, staff were demanding 100% increase of salaries from government, but government said it couldn’t find that money.
“We decided to use our internal generations and created the incentive which we realised is not sustainable”
He added: “Government started enhancing salaries in 2015 and this has been progressive.”