What Does Ban on Evening Lectures, Incentives Mean for Makerere Lecturers?
Makerere Lecturers' Reaction to Ban on Evening Lectures, Incentives
STATEMENT ON MAK VICE CHANCELLOR’S PRONOUNCEMENTS TO THE MEDIA ON MARCH 16, 2018
Since Friday afternoon, I have been responding to calls from the media on what the Vice Chancellor’s pronouncements at a press conference mean to us.
Allow me state that Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) Executive holds Muasa General Assembly resolutions supreme.
Indeed at its General Assembly on February, 2018, members resolved on the incentive and extra load that includes evening teaching as follows:
1. That incentive arrears from July 2016 should be paid by July 2018.
2. That the incentive scheme should continue.
Academic Staff also spelt out consequences if the above two are not honored.
The above resolutions are important to us especially when a Professor is still way below Shs 15m salary as promised by the President of Uganda.
Currently a Professor earns a gross salary of approximately Shs 8m.
We had earlier agreed with government at the commencement of government salary enhancement that incentive would only start reducing when a Professor attains Shs 15m pro rata.
On Friday, Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe announced at a press conference that Council had abolished the incentive.
He went ahead to say it will not admit students on the evening program beginning academic year 2018/2019.
I want to make it clear that Muasa welcomes any well thought out reform that will take Makerere University forward and improve the way we live, work and function for it.
However, it will continue to challenge any decision that is not properly understudied in line with the totality of our welfare as primarily stakeholders.
It’s important to note that decisions of academic nature affect academic members of staff directly as we labour day and night to deliver on them and should be consultatively made.
MUASA LEADER MUHWEZI KAMUNYU: SALARY INCENTIVE WON’T GO
Muasa believes strongly that abolishing the evening program does not mean that incentive scheme is to go.
The incentive scheme is instead related to internally generated funds (fees, rented spaces, project overheads, parking etc) which we will continue to generate whether we teach during the day or evening.
As long as staff continue to teach paying students and do extra (teaching and other aspects of student management – undergraduate and postgraduate) we will continue to struggle for a differential wage.
It’s also our belief that it’s actually in the best interest of Management and Council of Makerere University to lead a motivated workforce when compared to other public universities.
MUASA LEADER MUHWEZI KAMUNYU: NAWANGWE DIDN’T CONSULT US
I have also read the Vice Chancellor’s clarification on the pronouncements he made to the media not his workers, that we were consulted before the pronouncements.
I wish to inform the media and the public that I know not of such conclusive consultations as claimed by the Vice Chancellor. To claim so is an unfriendly gesture and aggressive.
As Muasa, we will interrogate and challenge the pronouncements appropriately as primary stakeholders in the days to come.
Muasa enjoys win win decisions, is patient and consistent.
We hopped and still hope that the Vice Chancellor will appreciate this gesture of a peace loving but focused people and avoid anti staff welfare pronouncements. We love Makerere University more.
Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi (PhD)