Makerere University suspends a professor who was seen on camera hitting a student.
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, vice chancellor of Makerere University, has suspended a professor who was seen on camera assaulting a female student.
Video footage showed Bernard Wandera from the college of humanities and social sciences (CHUSS) hitting a student on Friday during a social policy session at the Frank Kalimuzo Central teaching facility went viral on social media on Saturday.
The social policy class brings together students pursuing a bachelor of arts in social sciences and those seeking a bachelor of social work or social administration.
In a letter dated November 19, Nawangwe said that Wandera had broken the terms and conditions of his employment at the university and the laws of the Universities and other higher institutions Act 2001.
Nawangwe said that since the video clip was broadcast, he has received several complaints from university students and the greater university community, which may have influenced his decision to arrest the instructor while investigations into the event begin.
“On this topic, I have also received further written complaints from a student in the college of arts and social sciences, as well as oral complaints from members of the university community.” “Nawangwe mentions this in his letter.
“Under section 55(c) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 (as amended), as well as the provisions of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders 2021 and the Makerere University Human Resource Manual (2009), I at this moment prevent you from the university to protect the university’s reputation, its students, and not jeopardize the ongoing investigations, “Nawangwe penned.
Wandera will only earn half of his income during the term of interdiction, which begins immediately, according to Nawangwe’s letter.
He also said that a committee would be formed to examine the issue. According to one student who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the professor was irritated by pupils who were conversing throughout the lesson.
“That instructor does not allow pupils to use their phones or talk during his lectures since he expects students to pay attention,” the insider claimed.
“The instructor requested them to go, but the girls weren’t sure he meant them. “That’s when he smacked one of them,” he said.The identity of the female student is still unknown.