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Makerere University Lecturers Abandon Their Jobs

At least 17 lecturers at the level of Doctor (PhD) have abandoned their jobs at Makerere University citing harsh treatment by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe’s administration.

They say the quality and ranking of the university at the continental level has backslid in Nawangwe’s tenure.

Apparently, Nawangwe’s term as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University had to end on August 31. However, the university council renewed it despite him being above the required maximum age of 65.

Council resolved that Nawangwe, 67, should retain his position as Vice Chancellor for another 5 years.

Amongst the 17 senior lecturers who jave quit includes, Dr. Gilbert Mayiga, Dr. Violet, Dr. Joseph Mutesasira, Dr. Muyingo Tomusange among others.

According to the university Secretary Yusuf Kiranda, the lecturers that have left their jobs have personal grievances with Prof. Nawangwe.

He adds that the fleeing lecturers cannot withstand the changes and enhancement of the University.

“The university is now headed to the path of research. Some lecturers are in the ancient 20th-century mode which is now outdated. Some of them are lazy and cannot cope up with the progress at the University. They are used to their snail-paced approach where they take months to mark the scripts of students. In the new changes, a lecturer is required to speedily mark the exams and also physically be present in the lecture rooms to teach,” Kiranda said.

Meanwhile, educationalists have warned that the mass exodus is likely to impact on the rankings of Uganda’s oldest institution of learning.

Educationalists opine that this will compel students to go to other universities and institutions where the fleeing lecturers have sought refuge.

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