In a bid to plug the staff shortage gap at Makerere University, 80 positions of both academic and administrative staff have been advertised.
The university advertised over 80 top jobs for lecturers, assistant lecturers and proffessors on their website on Monday calling for qualified persons to apply for the jobs.
Makerere has been operating at a 45% staff capacity, which has slowed down academic progress in the university.
Rita Namisango, the spokesperson of the university, told local media that the university management had indeed advertised the jobs to help reduce the human resource shortfall that has been persistent in the university.
The advertisement comes two weeks after all temporary staff contracts were halted following a management directive. The halting of the contracts of temporary staff by the management was part of an on-going economic shake-up of the university by the Vice-Chancellor Ddumba Sentamu.
The number of temporary staff affected by the decision is estimated to be around 230 however only 80 positions have been advertised.
Ritah says the newly advertised positions are in no way related to the decision to halt temporary contracts and that the newly advertised jobs are part of the university’s annual staffing policy to fill substantive units.
Makerere University is supposed to have a total of 2491 full time lecturers but according to a last audit report in 2011, the university had only 1262 of these lecturers. Recent attempts to get the number of staff at the university have been futile including a head count directed by the auditor general.
Currently the university staffing stands at 45% according to the Makerere university human resource department. With this statistic, it would translate to 1120 lecturers of the required 2491 lecturers leaving a shortfall of about 1371 lecturers.
Proffessor Ddumba Sentamu had earlier hinted that the payment of lecturers is a hefty task for the university’s budget and that the staffing needs can only be sorted out when the university starts making more money than it is making right now.
The university devotes over 60 billion shillings to the wage bill however, lecturers have each academic year complained that it is not enough and clamoured for a 100% salary increment.
Interested parties to the advertised jobs have up to 5th August to submit their qualifications before the process closes.