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New Students Stranded as Non Teaching University Staff Strike

It came after government included a pay rise for teaching staff in Public universities the 2015/2016 financial but left out left the non-teaching staff.
Some of the students stranded at the University as the wait for their admissions

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Newly admitted students at Gulu University are stranded as the office of the Academic registrar that is supposed to process their admission is closed due to the strike by non teaching staff.

This morning, non teaching staff in all public universities across the country laid down their tools to compel government to give them a pay rise.  They include Busitema,Gulu, Kyambogo, Makerere, Muni and Mbarara and Makerere University Business school.

It came after government included a pay rise for teaching staff in Public universities the 2015/2016 financial but left out left the non-teaching staff. This morning, various students started arriving at Gulu University to pick their admission forms.

Although the gate remains open, all major offices including that of the Academic registrar, public relations and library were under lock and key. This left the students with nowhere to turn for help.

Jeff Odoch, one of the affected students told URN that he was admitted to do a postgraduate course in Project planning and management. Odoch told URN that he traveled to the university to pick his admission forms so as to clear his tuition only to find all the offices closed.

Richard Bongowat, the Guild president Gulu University says the industrial action could affect student enrollment at the University.

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Although some of the lecturers have reported for work, they can\'t teach as they can\'t access the instruction materials that are in custody of the administrative staff.

Mahmoud Khalid, the spokesperson Gulu University says no staff is expected to work today. 

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The executive of the Public University non-teaching staff forum is expected to meet the prime minister later today.

If Government heeds to the calls of the staff, it will have to part with over 32 billion Shillings to give the non-teaching staff the pay rise.