By Education News Correspondent
The First Lady who also doubles as the Minister for Education, Janet Mueveni has written to the Education Service Commission to speed up the process of getting a replacement for Prof.Waswa Balunywa as the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) principal.
Balunywa’s tenure as principal is set to expire on May 28, 2018 after serving for the last 20 years.
In a letter dated April 11, Mrs.Museveni quotes section 83 of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 that provides that a principal of a public tertiary institution shall be appointed by the Education Service Commission on terms and conditions that it may determine.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that you advertise this post of Principal of MUBS as soon as you receive a formal submission from the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports,”reads in part the letter by Mrs.Museveni.
“The Permanent Secretary will make a formal submission on the job specifications, duties and age requirement for the post of a principal MUBS.”
In the letter the Education minister also asked the Education Service Commission to ensure they finalise the process of appointment of the next MUBS principal before Prof.Balunywa’s contract expires to ‘’avoid a leadership vacuum’’ at MUBS.
Prof. Balunywa has been at the helm of the Nakawa based institute, MUBS since its inception in 1997 as director, having been formed out of a merger between the former faculty of Commerce at Makerere University and the then National College of Business Studies, Nakawa.
He is accredited for a number of achievements at MUBS, which among others include the growing of the institution to an autonomous status and population growth from about 8000 students in 1997 to more than 17000.
The institution also has a number of campuses in areas including Jinja,Arua, Mbale and Mbarara.
He will always be remembered for putting down his foot against ‘bullying’ by Makerere University towards MUBS over a number of issues, the recent being a directive to increment made by the former early this year.