FULL STORY: Why MUK Suspended Postgraduate Programmes

Students, led by the guild president Ivan Bwowe, arrived at the main hall at 10am to deliver a petition in which they challenge the 10% tuition fees increment suggested by the University management.

Makerere University College of humanities and social sciences has suspended its post graduate programs citing inadequate teaching manpower.  The affected programs include masters degree in Public Administration and Management, master’s in International relations and a doctorate of philosophy among others. The decision suspending the programs was communicated in a notice issued on April 01 by Professor Oswald Ndolerire, the Principle Makerere University College of humanities and social sciences.

This Decision was reached after an internal evaluation and assessment that showed that the quality of degrees being offered were questionable because of none adherence to the guidelines set by the National Council of Higher Education-NHCE. The guidelines cover issues such as the student lecturer ratio, supervision, capacity of research and quality of lecturer. Out of the 97 lecturers in the College of humanities and social sciences only 33 are qualified to teach master students. 23 of the lecturers are part timers, while others are pursuing their doctoral studies.

Currently, there are over 300 students on the faculty’s postgraduate program despite the fact that, the number of available lecturers has been stuck at 33. To make matter worse, Makerere University is under caveat not to recruit new lecturers subject to the public service guidelines that banned the recruitment of any public servants until further notice. Hassiffa Kabejja, the college says the courses were suspended to give the faculty time to enhance its capacity for the task.

At least 150 students apply to join the social sciences masters program each academic year. Suspension of academic programs at Makerere University is not a new thing. In 2011, the College of humanities and social sciences suspended the masters in journalism and communication degree program on similar grounds.

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