With just two weeks into the second semester, the department of Journalism and communication joins the school of law to call off evening classes at Makerere University earlier this week.
In a letter issued on 29th January by Ph.D William Tayebwa principle head of the journalism department, the department declares its withdrawal of staff services to the evening undergraduate students due to failure of the university to fulfill the promise of remunerating the staff as promised last year.
Before the closure of the first semester of academic year 2017\2018, the new vice Chancellor Don. Nawangwe was able to calm the grumbling lecturers down who were threatening to strike for the similar reasons. However even after the agreement made, the university has continued to play the mouse and cat run with its lecturers by making endless promises to the situation.
In dissatisfaction, they decided to cancel the evening lectures and called upon evening students to join their day counterparts. In solidarity the students at the school of law have boycotted classes.
According to Jackson Sewanyana a second year student of Journalism, they have only had one class with the evening students and it is inconveniencing to both the day and evening students.
“True we have been joined but the problem is the space in the lecture rooms won’t be enough to accommodation all of us and the second thing is evening students have to work in the morning hours.”0
From one of the GRC aspirant who prefers anonymity, he thinks if Journalism students borrow a leaf from the law students and boycott the joint classes too, a better solution will be availed by the administration.
By Tuesday evening there was rumor that this industrial strike had been called off following a tweeter message from Prof. Nawangwe.
By: kafuko Shamim