Makerere Students Urged to Embrace Dialogue

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Education Minister Janet Kataaha Museveni has urged Makerere University students to be disciplined and develop the culture of using dialogue to solve their grievances with their managers.

Education Minister Janet Kataaha Museveni has urged Makerere University students to be disciplined and develop the culture of using dialogue to solve their grievances with their managers.
 
Mrs. Museveni said this would enable them develop not only their future employment and leadership, but also help the institution to reclaim its image.
 
The message was contained in a speech delivered on Thursday by Rosemary Seninde, the Minister of State for Primary Education at the installation of the new Vice chancellor of Makerere, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe at the university Main Hall.
 
Mrs. Museveni urged students to always engage in peaceful means of resolving their misunderstandings with the management rather than riots.
 
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Makerere University has in the recent past been characterised with numerous strikes of both students and staff resulting in sometimes loss of property and several arrests.
 
The most recent strike occurred in October last year when staff laid down their tools due to unpaid incentive allowances. This would later be joined by the students leading to the closure of the university on November 1. It was reopened in January this year.  
 
The minister congratulated Prof. Nawangwe upon taking up the position of the vice chancellor and prayed to God to give him the wisdom to take Makerere to the next level.
 
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Prof. Nawangwe, formerly the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, officially assumed office as Vice Chancellor until 2022.
 
Janet Museveni said that government was committed to working with Makerere University to ensure a good working environment is created for both students and staff for both learning and research.
 
She noted that the Ministry of Education and Sports is waiting for the Visitation Committee that was commissioned by the president in November last year to produce its report whose recommendations will be considered by her ministry.
 
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She thanked the out-going Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu for his contribution in the education sector and commended him for his cordial relationship with the ministry.
 
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Prof. Nawangwe said that the university has already embarked on engaging students through dialogues to enable solve the challenges created by limited communication that has previously resulted into rampant and uncalled for strikes.

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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

Davidson has previously freelanced with The Campus Times, The Observer, Chimp reports and URN. He is currently reporting under Education. He is also passionate about reporting on environment, health, crime and political satire writing.

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