Challenges of Implementing Contract Policies for University Academics in Malawi: A Case of Mzuzu University

Author: 
Shawa, Lester B.
Responsibility: 
Mgomezulu, Victor Y., jt. author
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2016
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Africa Education Review
Source: 
Africa Education Review, Vol. 13, Issue No. 3-4, 2016, pp. 17-31
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Utilising critical theory, we explored the causes of the conflict that arose between academic staff on fixed-term renewable contracts and university administrators at Mzuzu University in Malawi in order to draw lessons. We collected data using semi-structured, in-depth interviews and document analysis. Ten university employees were purposively selected for interviews. The results showed that the causes of the conflict were, in the view of the respondents a mixture of: 1) a mutually antagonistic relationship between academics and university administrators; 2) less-than-effective administration of contracts by the university leadership; 3) dispute with respect to the university council's views over the age of staff on contract; and 4) the university leadership's negative response to a group of academics who criticised the administration. We argue that these results suggest leadership skills were less-than-satisfactory on the part of university senior management. We offer suggestions that could improve such leadership skills.

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CITATION: Shawa, Lester B.. Challenges of Implementing Contract Policies for University Academics in Malawi: A Case of Mzuzu University . : Taylor & Francis , 2016. Africa Education Review, Vol. 13, Issue No. 3-4, 2016, pp. 17-31 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/challenges-implementing-contract-policies-university-academics-malawi-case-mzuzu-university

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