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Barya: Makerere closure spells doom for Uganda

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Former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, PhD., says he is not interested in resuming his old post.

Asked if he considered returning to Makerere as VC, Barya said that was in the past and that he had left it behind.

He, however, admitted there are a number of good things Makerere University.

“It has one of the best medical schools in Africa. If not the best. Whatever happens at Makerere affects every other institution in the country.”

Prof. Baryamureeba, while appearing on NBS TV wednesay, said the law governing public universities has many gaps.

Recommendations have been made but nothing has changed. The law’s loopholes include the process of appointing a chancellor and a council for public universities, he noted.

He said under current law, majority of public university councils are from within.

“How do you expect staff to govern themselves? Now that Makerere University is closed, we need to talk about the process towards its reopening.”

“We need to revisit the law governing public universities and empower the council as the supreme body.”

According to Baryamureeba, if there was any good that ever happened to Makerere University, it was the colleges.

He said Makerere colleges should be allowed to operate semi-autonomously.

“MUBS is not closed. Different colleges have different ways of generating income. They should be granted semi-autonomy.”

Baryamureeba observed that Makerere can be closed for 15 years yet upon reopening, it will still thrive.

“Makerere is here to stay. No country develops without a strong education system.”

He added: “Makerere’s closure spells a lot of doom. No person can reopen Makerere apart from the president who closed it.”

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