The evening of Sunday 16th September was rather sad and very somber when Makerere University Nsibirwa boys’ hall of residence was struck by calamity after one of their residents committed suicide and was discovered in the evening.

Uganda’s leading public University and one of the leading universities in Africa, the Ivory Tower has recommended scrapping courses with less than 200 students. Some of the courses which have reduced in student numbers according to Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, the director for Quality Assurance at Makerere University include Bachelor of Electrical engineering and Civil Engineering.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe
The VC says this is necessary to cut costs

Flash Uganda Media can reliably confirm that due to the need for the university to compensate the teaching and non-teaching staff involved in evening teaching, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe appointed a committee to carry out a fact finding mission and identify the most appropriate method of remunerating staff at Makerere University with work load beyond working hours

Dr. Ssembatya attributes the drop in the numbers of students to changes in dollar rates plus the deteriorating equipment especially in the science section.  Other colleges at Makerere University such as Computing and College of Business deliberately decreased on intakes due to insufficient space and equipment.

The committee noted that a number of evening programmes had less than 100 students and in some cases less than 50. This implied that it was not practical for the university to keep them as evening courses because of the extra cost they incurred

We shall keep you posted here at Flash Uganda media.