On Monday, MUBS management decided to deploy a section of academic staff who didn’t participate in the strike alongside non-academic staff to invigilate the examinations. Our reporter observed that most of the examination rooms were being manned by non-teaching staff donning blue shirts and navy blue trousers.
Authorities at the Nakawa based Makerere University Business
School- MUBS have insisted on issuing Examinations to students despite the
ongoing industrial action by academic staff. Last week, academic staff at MUBS
declared a sit-down strike due to the protracted salary discrepancies on public
MUBS staff earn less compared to academic staff in other
public universities. The strike came at a time when over 8000 finalists preparing
for their final examinations. Management and government appealed to the staff
to resume work as their grievances are resolved in vain.
On Monday, MUBS management decided to deploy a section of academic
staff who didn’t participate in the strike alongside non-academic staff to
invigilate the examinations. Our reporter observed that most of the examination
rooms were being manned by non-teaching staff donning blue shirts and navy blue
Peter Simon Odoki, the MUBS Senior Publicist says that as
per the university programme the exams had to take place regardless of the
ongoing strike. Odoki says that management cannot allow students, most of whom
have cleared their fees to end up as collateral damage in the ongoing
//“Cue in: My mandate is…
Cue out: …the MUBS staff.”//
Students have welcomed the arrangement by management. Sharon
Nayira describes the strike as unfair, saying since they cleared the
“Students are not the problem here. We paid our money and so we expected to
study and do exams. Actually, we would have left a very long time ago if it wasn’t
COVID19,” she said.
Prize Ashaba also welcomed the arrangement but sceptical whether the exams will
be marked on time. Odoki says that even the issue of marking the exams will be handled.
we want the exams done. That is the administration’s focus. The issue of
marking and assessing will also be addressed at an appropriate time,” he said.
Brian Muyomba, the Chairperson Makerere University Business
School Academic Staff Association, says that they don’t mind what goes on at the
institution anymore as their industrial action is still on.
He says the affected staff will not be part of any school
programme until their grievances are resolved.
// “Cue in: For us we…
Cue out: …take another decision,”//
Recently, The Minister of Public Service, Wilson Muruli-Mukasa, noted that
the government was processing a supplementary budget of Shillings 4.9 billion to
cater for the salaries of the 843 affected academic staff.