By C. Bendana
KAMPALA - Makerere University lecturers will have to work for more hours now that their salaries have been harmonised.
Dr. Euzobia Mugisha, the manager academic affairs, quality assurance directorate at Makerere, said lecturers would have to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Lecture preparation is given 12 hours, lecturing in the lecture rooms six hours, tutorial/seminar two hours, marking six, practical /clinical two hours, supervision four hours and research four.
She emphasised that graduate students would only be supervised by lecturers with PhDs and at the rank of senior lecturer.
Meanwhile, lecturers have received the salary enhancement package news with delight.
Lecturers with the same qualifications will receive the same salary, regardless of which school they teach.
Previously, lecturers were paid different top-up allowances, depending on the colleges and schools they taught in. Those with many private students received higher allowances.
The other problem was that lecturers with similar qualifications were paid according to the number of subjects they taught. Those who taught more subjects, earned more.
Muhammad Kiggundu, the chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association, said the new salary structure would bring equity.
“The central basket will get the whole system re-organised and resources re-allocated to attend to the core activities of the university and the welfare of the staff,” he explained.