July 10, 2013

MUK Halts Temporary Staff Appointments

As part of the ongoing reforms at Makerere University, the management has stopped the recruitment of temporary staff to the university.

MUK VC Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu
MUK VC Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu

It comes in the wake of reforms being implemented by Professor Ddumba Sentamu, the Makerere University vice chancellor to address the various problems that continue haunting the university. The decision to halt temporary appointments was made way back on 15th January 2013.  However, it was delayed because of staff-shortage at the university.

On 8th April, Makerere University council reinforced its stand to have all temporary contracts renewed up to 30th June 2013. The implementation of this decision will worsen the staffing problem at the university from 51 to a paltry 45 percent. The bulk of the temporary staff includes assistant lecturers and part time lecturers.

Marion Alina, an official in the public relations department of Makerere University says it is not easy to estimate the number of temporary staff affected by the decision. According to a statement from the Vice Chancellor’s office the exercise is aimed streamlining the university’s staffing needs.

However, according to the statement the decision will affect temporary staff whose contracts go beyond the June 30th deadline and other projects. In a July 02 memo Mary Tizikara, the human resource director directs all departmental heads to receive university property from temporary staff. As the university gears up for the 2013/2014 academic year in August, recruitment concerns continue to be raised. Attempts by URN to get a comment from a temporary staff member were futile.

Proffesor Ddumba Sentamu, the Makerere University vice chancellor says they will soon embark on a recruitment exercise to fill the gap left by temporary staff. This will be the third major policy to be implemented by Professor Ddumba since he assumed the leadership of the university.

Early this year, Ddumba enforced the 60% tuition policy and the 100% accommodation fees increment policy, which has not yet gained acceptance amongst the student community.

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