Strike Affects Kyambogo University, NTC Examinations

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Sources within Kyambogo University say the situation is not rosy, with the department heads typing and distributing the examinations themselves. It is a beehive of activities.

Kyambogo University is struggling to complete the ongoing examination for the engineering students as the strike by the non-teaching staff of the public universities enters the third day. 

The strike that kicked off on August 1st has paralysed operations in most of the public universities across the country. The staff are demanding for arrears for their salaries for 2015/2016 financial year. 

Sources within Kyambogo University say the situation has forced department heads to type and distribute examinations papers themselves. 

Professor Elly Katunguka Rwakishaya, the Vice Chancellor says examinations started on the day the strike took effect. He says this time the university sent the engineering students for internship before completing the semester because the laboratories were under renovations. He says the strike is unfortunate because it affects innocent students.
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Katunguka says since the staff have refused to work even after pleading with them, the university decided that heads of department take up the responsibilities.

He also says students pursuing a Diploma  course in secondary education are being affected by the strike. The examinations for this group are expected to start on Monday, August 8, but up to date the papers have not yet been printed. There are a total of six National Teachers' Colleges (NTCs) across the country whose students are examined by the university.

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He says since time is running out, the university is engaging the Uganda National Examinations Board to print the examination papers and booklets in the next two days. He says despite the strike, the examinations in the NTCs will go on as scheduled.

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Other activities that are being affected include the ongoing admissions for new students who are due to report this weekend. 

Katunguka says some of the staff members who want to work are being intimidated by the leaders. He says the university has deployed enough security to deal with any cases that may arise. He has also warned the strike leaders to stop intimidating those willing to work.

Principals from the NTCs are yet to respond on how prepared they are to conduct the examinations. Previously, materials would be delivered to the centres at least four days prior to the start of the examinations.

Jackson Betihamah, the chairperson of the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Consultative Forum, says nothing will force them to change their decision. He says they will only back off when their salary arrears are cleared. Consultations are on going between the non-teaching staff officials and the education ministry to get a solution.