Last week, it was all over the news that evening classes at Uganda’s oldest and biggest university Makerere had been scrapped off. This news sparked off controversy in the public and the teaching staff with lots of people asking how out the blue a university which enrolls working students would get rid of evening classes.
This news confused the country just because it was a rumour and the university management had not at one single moment said evening classes were stopped. This all began when the university Vice Chancellor one professor Barnabas Nawangwe called a press conference where he disclosed that following the resolutions made by the university council meeting, provision of meals in halls of residence as well as staff incentive packages were set to be abolished.
Some media houses were quick to publish saying this also meant that evening classes were scrapped off but that was not true. As a matter of fact, the University was forced to send a tweet which read. “The rumour that evening programmes have been abolished is not true. All evening programmes will continue normally”
Evening classes are here to stay but Professor Nawangwe further clarified that it is however upon the university colleges to decide on how they are to handle the evening the evening classes programme
The colleges which fulfil quotas on a day will be allowed to run evening programmes and they will be responsible for managing them including paying lectures and other staff.