May 24, 2024

Makerere University lecturers reject attendance biometric system

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Makerere University Lecturers, through their professional association, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), have rejected the university’s biometric system meant to curb absenteeism.

In a letter seen by Monitor to the University Council Chairperson, Mrs. Lorna Magara, dated October 20, the lecturers state that ‘the core mandate of the university, which is discharged by academic staff, includes teaching, research, and outreach, which mandate is unique in nature and is totally different from the routine public service mandate, whose working hours are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

The rejection comes shortly after the university began implementing a biometric attendance management system to curb absenteeism, which system was, according to the institution, ‘a part of the government’s integrated Human Capital Management System (HCM) to automate human resource management functions in the public service.

Makerere University Lecturers, through their professional association, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), have rejected the university’s biometric system meant to curb absenteeism.

In conclusion, a letter seen by Monitor to the University Council Chairperson, Mrs. Lorna Magara, dated October 20, the lecturers state that ‘the core mandate of the university, which is discharged by academic staff, includes teaching, research, and outreach,

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