A Makerere University lecturer attached to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) is in trouble for allegedly assigning a female evening class student to teach her counterparts on the day programme.
As terms of engagement remain unclear, Dr. Dickson Kanakulya who teaches at the College ‘s School of Liberal and Performing Arts reportedly delegated Ms. Irene Nakibirige to conduct lectures for a month during the first semester of 2018/2019 academic year.
Student offering Ethics and Human rights reported that Ms. Nakibirige did not understand some of the things which prompted them to alert management about the irregularity.
Due to the student pressure, heads of department formed a six member committee to investigate allegations and submit findings within a month.
A copy of the report from the ad hoc committee headed by Associate ProffessorJulius Kikooma in which Dr Kanakulya was found guilty included Other investigators such as Associate Professor Paul Omach, Florence Muhanfuzi, Florence Nansubuga, Vicent Ekwang and Easter Kabinge.
However, Dr Kanakulya denied delegating her to teach on his behalf and, in a counter-claim, accused students of dodging his classes even when he produced no attendance list adding that he only missed lectures for three weeks when a lecture room was being scouted for the class.
He further submitted that he taught beyond normal working hours to compensate for the lost time but his claim could not be verified since All the students the committee interacted with confirmed an undergraduate student delivered lessons for the day class and she also testified having taught for one month as assigned by the concerned staff
Whereas University rules stipulate that students must only write their registration numbers on exam answer sheets, Dr. Kanakulya has been breaching the university exam rules and regulations by asking students to indicate their names on their examination scripts.
The committee has now referred Dr Kanakulya’s case to the University Appointments Board for onward decision, including disciplinary actions.