UNATU to Dr. Tanga: You can’t Run the University

UNATU Secretary General James Tweheyo addressing journalists on Wednesday.

Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) has appealed to government to stop taking for granted the non-teaching staff of public universities over their demand for increased payment.

It is now 3 days since the non-teaching staff from all public universities resumed their strike following government’s failure to honor its commitment to clear all the arrears and effect a pay rise of Sh39bn.

“UNATU would like to inform the non-teaching staff within the public universities of Uganda that we stand with them during this crucial time as they try to voice out their work related challenges that are affecting their welfare as workers, this site ” noted UNATU Secretary General, cialis 40mg James Tweheyo.

Tweheyo noted that quality education can only be achieved if all actors in the education system are well facilitated and motivated to carry out their duties.

“We therefore call upon all Government agencies, stakeholders and politicians to expeditiously intervene in the matter as this standoff will affect the new learners joining these institutions of Higher learning.”

He urged government to continue discussions and developing strategies on how to implement some of its commitments which he said starts by honoring its commitment to the non-teaching staff within public universities.

On the decision by the Makerere Convocation headed by Dr. Tanga Odoi to take over the responsibility of the non-teaching staff and issue provisional admission forms to new students, Tweheyo noted that this is “just treating a symptom but won’t help to address the challenges at the university.”

“The University problem is not admissions, even if the students are admitted learning at the universities won’t be efficient,” he remarked.

“It’s the University systems that are failing the smooth running of the institution; we made it clear that the university can’t operate successfully with just teaching staff, therefore government should not simply ignore the call by the non-teaching staff.”

Makerere Convocation Public Relations Officer, Dr. Dues Kamunyu Muhwezi noted on Wednesday that a total of over 400 students had been admitted for the new semester beginning on Saturday August 6.


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