The Vice-Chancellor Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Professor Celestine Obua has warned that the university will not tolerate lecturers who said they would join the public university lecturer’s strike this week.
While addressing journalists, Prof Obua said it’s unfair to stop lecturing since the lecturers have been home for a year receiving salaries from the government.
“The university will not tolerate selfish and self-seeking lectures whom earlier this week joined the public university lecturers’ strike after receiving government salaries for a year while they were just seated home,’’ He warned.
According to MUST’s academic schedule, lecturers were supposed to kick off on 15th February 2021. Some of the students who spoke to us said that they are frustrated since they are uncertain about the next step.
On 10th February 2021, academic staff in public universities under their umbrella organization, Forum for Academic Staff Association in Public Universities (FAPSU) laid down their tools demanding payment of their salary arrears by the government for six years back totaling to shs 129.24Bn.
It should be recalled that in 2015, President Museveni promised to increase salaries of teaching staff in public universities that would see a professor earn Shs15m and a senior lecturer earn Shs12.2m. According to lecturers in public universities, this has not been put in action yet.