Kyambogo University Pushes for More Staff

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At a press conference today at Kyambogo University council room, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya said the huge numbers admitted have created the need for more lecturers and teaching space.

Kyambogo University management has appealed to government to increase staffing levels to enable the ten-year-old institution function properly.
  
The university has asked government to increase the staffs from the current 50 per cent to at least 75 per cent.
  
At a press conference today at Kyambogo University council room, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya said the huge numbers admitted have created the need for more lecturers and teaching space.
 
In August this year, Kyambogo University admitted 13,635 students for the 2016/2017 academic year. Of these, 12,678 are Private students pursuing various degree and diploma courses, while 957 are on government sponsorship.
 
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At its establishment in 2006 with the capacity to handle 8,000 students, the university was supposed to have 621 teaching positions including professors, Associate professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Assistant Lecturers.
  
However, currently even with the increase in the number of student population to 22,000, the university has only 347 academic staff with only one professor in the science faculty.
  
Prof. Katunguka, who doubles also as the 1st Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, revealed that over the last two years the university has been able to review all its programmes and have them approved by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
  
About 97 undergraduate programmes and 35 graduate programmes have been approved to that effect.
  
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Katunguka justified the introduction of new programmes at Masters and PhD levels saying that they have had an increase in the number of lecturers with PhDs in the institution. He however revealed that since the university has not had enough professors, they are considering hiring part-time lecturers for PhD programmes.
  
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In 2013, the Auditor General's report pinned Kyambogo for running programmes that were not accredited. The report revealed that only 21 of 91 courses at the University were accredited.