Makerere University is set to lose all their lecturers who do not have Doctor of Philosophy commonly known as PhDs.
The most affected staffs are assistant lecturers who are already on permanent contract.
Barely a week ago, Prof Umar Kakumba, a Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic affairs addressed a letter to all assistant lecturers on the matter.
Part of the letter read “…the appointments board at its 698th meeting held on October 24, noted that there were many assistant lecturers employed on permanent terms who had not attained the PhD … all assistant lecturers on permanent terms who had not yet embarked on their studies should do so immediately…”
The University board has now given affected lecturers 4 years until January 2027 to ensure they enroll and get done with the required PhD qualifications in their respective fields otherwise they may face a “knife”.
Most affected assistant lecturers and well-wishers including Dr Kakuru have disagreed on the resolution claiming terminating such people’s contracts is unfair treatment. are several stumbling blocks that the university must address first.
Several Universities including MUBS & Kyambogo have always maintained behind well performed students as Junior lecturers who later enroll through various university scholarships and turn full time lecturers.