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Makerere students Demand for Semester extension Over Staff Strike

Following the Makerere University staff strike that happened last month, the university administration has vowed to look into the issue raised by some of the students.

Yesterday, a section of students suggested that management should extend the current semester, as a way of compensating their lost time which has so far expanded to one month of no lectures.

Students insist that being a promotional semester, there is need to get enough time with the lecturers.

“We are spending a lot of money coming for lectures but some lecturers have not turned up. So management should think of compensating us by extending the semester,” one of the students noted.

According to the University Public Relations Manager Dr Muhammad Kiggundu, the decision to extend the semester will be considered for the benefit of students.

It should be noted that this call came a few days after the Head of State giving green light to the Vice Chancellor Pro. Barnabas Nawangwe to intensively reign on the indisciplined lecturers.

President Yoweri Museveni said he is firmly behind the Makerere University administrations’ efforts to restore discipline to one of Uganda’s Highest and greatest institution of learning.

“Nawangwe is an Engineer, a professor of Technology and wants to restore discipline to this institution. People want to continue with buyayesism. Imagine a professor who stripes naked and is cheered on. Makerere is a centre of study not stupidity. I am firmly behind him,” the President said.

The President was responding to questions about the conflict between Makerere University administration and academic staff from journalists who ‘ambushed’ him shortly after he launched the six phase of the Presidential Investors Roundtable at State House.

The conflict between the University administration and its academic staff follows the suspension of various lecturers for misconduct, indiscipline and involvement in acts that breach the terms and conditions of their employment.

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