MUBS finalists stranded after lecturers announce strike

Over 8,000 final year Students at the Nakawa based Makerere University Business School-MUBS are stranded following a strike by academic staff over salary discrepancies. 

The academic staff have been threatening to strike since the government reopened education institutions for finalists on October 15, 2020, saying they have been earning much less compared to counterparts in other public universities.   

Brian Muyomba, the Chairperson Makerere University Business School Academic Staff Association, says they have tried several peaceful means to bring the issue to the attention of the government in vain. 

According to the salary structure from the Ministry of Public Service, a Vice-Chancellor in a public university is entitled to a salary of 20 million Shillings, deputy vice-chancellor 17.4 million Shillings, Professor 15.6 million Shillings, an associate Professor 14.8 million Shillings, a senior lecturer 9 million Shillings, lecturer 8.1million Shillings, assistant lecturer 6.6 million Shillings and Teaching assistant 5.7million Shillings.

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However, Muyomba says the story at MUBS is different. He says an associate professor earns 7 million Shillings, which is far lesser compared to their counterparts say at Kyambogo University, which he says is unfair.   

He says they have resorted to industrial action after several engagements with staff and will only return to lecture rooms when their issue is resolved.

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The strike comes at the time when most lectures were trying to complete their respective course units and prepare learners for the final exams slated for November 23

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