With only a day into the new semester, students from School of Law (LLB and LLM) on evening programmes today been shocked to find a notice addressed to them, informing them about the abrupt suspension of evening lectures.
The notice from the School of Law’s Principal bears the information that evening lectures shall be discontinued henceforth, until the university management addresses the school’s concerns regarding the services rendered by the staff.
“This is to inform you that the School Board meeting held on 9th January 2018 decided to suspend teaching in the evening program until the university management addresses the School of Law’s concerns regarding the services provided by the staff on that program,” the brief notice states.
This short, rather unexpected notice has been received with mixed feelings, by not just the students from the School of Law, but also students from other faculties.
The LLB students we found at the school are mostly unhappy about this information.
The “most unprofessional thing about this notice” is that students were neither consulted nor taken seriously because “they would have been considerate, especially for the sake of the working class students”
Majority of the LLB and LLM students under the evening program are working students, who can not make it to school during the day.
Students from other colleges, like the School of Education and the College of Humanities and Social Science- CHUSS are equally worried because they are likely to receive similar “substandard treatment” from their lecturers.
The University’s failure to contain this situation by the end of next week is likely to result in an early semester strike, as the students are threatening to protest if lecturers are not paying attention to the evening programme students by the end of next week.
Details to follow this story, while we get in touch with the university officials and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.