and Stephen Ssenkaaba
THE Government has stopped Makerere University Business School (MUBS) from recruiting new staff members and students.
State minister for higher education Gabriel Opio said in a statement last evening that the Nakawa-based school was not a university and as such, had no authority to hire a certain category of staff and offer programmes leading to degree awards.
â€œThe public is, therefore, warned that the recent advertisement of university jobs and degree programmes by MUBS is irregular and any person responding to them does so at his or her own peril,â€ Opio warned.
On May 7, 2007, MUBS placed newspaper advertisements for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes for the 2007/2008 academic year.
An earlier advertisement had called for applications for professors, lecturers and other senior staff.
Opio, however, said MUBS had never become a university and was still affiliated to Makerere University under the law. As such, MUBS could only offer certificates, diplomas and degrees of Makerere University. â€œHowever, MUBS can carry on other functions in the commercial and business education sub-sector as the Ministry of Education may direct.â€ He said the principal officers for a public tertiary institution like MUBS were principal, deputy principal, secretary, registrar and bursar.
Opio said the MUBS administration had continued to misinterpret a High Court judgement as granting the school a university status. MUBS has been embroiled in wrangles with Makerere over its independence.
However, Makerere University appealed against a High Court ruling, which granted it independence. â€œMUBS continues to act contrary to this order.â€
Government stops MUBS from recruiting lecturers