Makerere University Kampala (MUK) management agreed to open on January 2, 2017 for students to return and complete the first semester.
This came after the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) voted on Monday to end the strike by 81 – 56.
According to Daily Monitor, The chairman of the Makerere university council, Charles Wana Etyem, asked the Ministry of Education to advise President Yoweri Museveni to re-open the university by January 2nd since most of the conditions he had set were met.
President Museveni closed Makerere University 6 weeks ago when lecturers went on strike for 2 weeks demanding for 9 months in unpaid arrears and students also went on strike demanding that lecturers to resume teaching.
The condition of lecturers agreeing to return to class has been met, now the ball is in the president’s court. A lot is to be figured out though, since the council still hasn’t received the money to pay the lecturers.
What Does This Mean For the Students?
The students will probably sit for their exams in January or February and the graduation ceremony might be in early March.
After which other students will have a one week holiday and return to start and catch up with the second semester.
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