UZ overstaffed – audit-(15-02-07)

HARARE - External auditors have criticised the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) for being over-staffed and have urged the government-run institution to carry out a job evaluation exercise to eliminate duplication of activities and save millions of dollars in wages.
The problem of over-staffing was pa

rticularly serious in the non-academic sections, which had 3,134 staff as of November 2006. The UZ has a total staff complement of 4,063 compared to a student population of 11,204, meaning that the staff to students ratio was 1:3, a ratio described as unacceptable.
UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura is apparently aware that the institution was overstaffed and asserts staff recruitment would remain frozen until an acceptable level had been reached.
The auditors, Deloitte & Touche, also urged the UZ to tighten cash controls to minimise cases of fraud and to be tough with staff debtors who currently owe the institution millions in unpaid advances. – Gift Phiri

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