In a note to staff on Friday, UCU vice-chancellor Rev. Canon. Dr. John Senyonyi said the circumstances had made it impossible to continue paying staff normally. He said that the closure of the university since March 20, 2020, means they can’t collect fees from students, a key source of income for the university.
UCU recently started medicine school. The university says lockdown has made it impossible to continue paying salaries. Photo by UCU partners
Christian University will only manage to pay three quarters (75 per cent) of each staff’s
salary for May 2020 and will suspend all their duties from June 1. This affects
both contract and full-time staff.
In a note to
staff on Friday, UCU vice-chancellor Rev. Canon. Dr. John Senyonyi said the
circumstances had made it impossible to continue paying staff normally. He said that the closure of
the university since March 20, 2020, means they can’t collect fees from students,
a key source of income for the university.
tells staff that students were unable to pay all tuition for the Easter semester
and neither has it admitted any new students nor received back old ones.
performance of the duties, obligation and circumstances and responsibilities
under the contracts of employment will stand suspended effective June 1, 2020,”
that this “means that the affected employees of UCU will not be required to
report to work and perform as their duties will not be achievable without extreme
difficulty and inconvenience.”
However he added that the suspension of
contracts doesn’t imply termination. But the administration says suspension will remain in place until such a time when they resume normal business, that would be anywhere in the months of August and September, if the circumstances permit.
UCU joins a
litany of private universities that have found it extremely difficult to pay
staff during the lockdown. Ndejje,
Nkumba, and Uganda Martyrs universities have announced they will be unable to pay staff.
Their administrators have subsequently asked the government to give them a stimulus to be
able to operate normally again. Universities were the first to be closed in an
effort to stem the spread of coronavirus two months ago.
members whose services are deemed essential to the university even during
lockdown will be paid beyond May. Those who are charged with teaching finalists
will also receive their salaries beyond June.
President Museveni has indicated final year students could resume studies