chancellors of public universities are set to join efforts with the Forum for
Academic Staff of Public Universities in Uganda (FASPU) to negotiate an end to
the ongoing industrial action by lecturers in public universities. This was
resolved in a meeting held on Friday at Kyambogo University, according to a
letter addressed to academic staff at public universities issued by FASPU.
The meeting comprised FASPU executive members from different public
university together with their vice-chancellors and the host Professor, Eli
Katunguka, the Vice chancellor Kyambogo University. The meeting resolved to establish a committee
comprising five vice-chancellors and FASPU representatives to negotiate with
Dr. Simon Kawuma, the chairperson of Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Academic Staff Association- MUSTASA, says they expect to start the negotiations
with Education Minister next week. However, the lecturers resolved to maintain their
industrial action. They have urged students and staff to remain patient until
their pleas are met.
Brian Muyomba, the Chairperson Makarere University Business
School Academic Staff Association, says he is tired of the endless negotiations
and all they want to see is money.
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Professor George Openjuru, the vice-chancellor Gulu University, says vice
chancellors have appealed to the FASPU executive members to end the strike,
saying a decision is yet to be made.
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Public universities are experiencing a crisis with the ongoing strike as
students continue to suffer due to the absence of lecturers. Whereas some
lecturers have heeded to vice-chancellors pleas to resume lectures, others have
held onto the industrial action.
Under the leadership of Dr. Deus Kamunyu, the Chairperson of FASPU, the academic staff
demands that the government releases Shillings 129.24 billion to effect the enhancement
of salaries of lecturers in all public universities. President
Museveni promised increased salaries of academic staff in public universities
in 2015. A professor would earn Shs15m and a senior lecturer earns Shs12.2m.
The government decided to implement the directive in phases for five years. In 2020/2021,
financial year, the government released Shs50b, which benefited only professors
and associate professors, who got their 100 per cent salary increment (Shs15m).