Mak Lecturers Welcome Staff Head-count

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Some of the staff URN spoke to on Thursday welcomed the idea of the head-count but noted that the timing doesnt favour them since they also have to invigilate during examinations.

The Rwendeire Visitation Committee has started a head count for Makerere University staff.

The staff head count, just like the one for students, is aimed at verifying the staff numbers and status in the university.

Counting of staff began on Monday as students numbers reduced due to examinations that kicked off on the same day. Members of staff are required to present their university staff Identity Cards, appointment letters and details of their latest deployment.

Some of the staff URN spoke to on Thursday welcomed the idea of the head-count but noted that the timing doesn't favour them since they also have to invigilate during examinations.

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Dr. Josephine Ahikire the acting Deputy Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), told URN that the exercise is important to help at a management level to know the number of people employed for proper planning.

"When you are dealing with issues and people can't pinpoint numbers, they speak in averages like the average number of students, I think it's a good thing to do a head-count," Dr. Ahikire said.

The staff are optimistic that their head-count will reveal the under-staffing levels in the various units of the university.

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In its review of University staff establishment, the 2014 Auditor General's report revealed discrepancies between the establishment structures and the filled positions.

Out of the 2,780 approved positions, only 1,484 (53.4%) positions were filled leaving 1,296 (44.6%) vacancies. The university council has for years not been able to uplift the staffing levels to an optimal level because it could not handle the wage bill since it caters for only 42% of the total wage bill annually.

On November 17, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the Visitation Committee to inquire into endless strikes at Makerere University. The 9 member committee headed by Dr Abel Rwendeire, the chairperson National Planning Authority, is expected to hand over its report to the president in March.
 

 

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