Makerere University has cleared salary arrears of part-time lecturers, ending threats of a possible standoff over nonpayment.
Tanga Odoi, chairperson of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association, says the university administration paid 38 million shillings owed to part-time lecturers in the Faculty of Arts. The faculty has about 40 part-time lecturers.
Last week Professor Hannington Sengendo, the Dean of the Arts Faculty, wrote to the Vice Chancellor of Makerere warning of a possible strike by the lecturers. He said examinations were likely to be interrupted since the lecturers had refused to set papers until they were paid.
Tanga Odoi says that the lecturers have resumed their duties and that the examinations will proceed as scheduled on Monday next week.
Makerere University has a total of 1,400 full-time lecturers and about 150 part-time lecturers.
The University is undergoing a financial crisis and in the recent past there have been several altercations between the Administration and Staff over delayed payments.
Odoi says that the teaching staff appreciate the financial difficulties that the University is facing. He says the association wants the university to slash its administrative staff numbers to cut costs.
The University spends up to 1.4 billion shillings on allowances of its 200 administrative staff.
Odoi says the university is operating with a payroll that has not been updated for several years.
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The Academic Staff Association chairperson adds that duplication of courses in the faculties has had negative financial implications on the university.
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The University Bursar, Ben Byambabazi, says the process of cleaning up the payroll is underway.