Makerere Sticks To Its Guns On Tuition Policy

there geneva;”>Thousands of students on Tuesday stormed the University streets, order protesting the idea of paying 60 percent of tuition fees by early march, rx just six weeks into the Semester.

Police and other security forces were compelled to use teargas and water cannons to disperse the riotous students. The running battles raged on for over three hours.

Interestingly, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu has vowed not to move an inch, insisting students must pay up of miss lectures and examinations.


“Only paid up and registered students will be allowed to use University facilities and attend lectures, do course works and sit for final examinations,” said Ddumba in a press statement issued Tuesday.

He said the 2006/2007 Academic Year stipulates that: tuition and other University fees are due on the first day of the semester.

“In case a student fails to raise enough money to pay a full semester load, he/she can choose courses within the first six weeks and make payment for the course load he/she can afford and get registered.”

He added: “The minimum course loads to be permitted under this arrangement shall be 60% of the total credit units for that semester.”

He reminded the public that the School of Law and the College of computing and Information Sciences were the only Academic Units implementing this policy.

Ddumba further noted the students from these Units raised concerns over the why the policy was not being implemented in all other Academic Units of the University.

On the request of Students Leaders, said Ddumba, several members of the University Management Team met the GRC (Students Parliament) in October 2012 at the Pharmacy Building, and deliberated on a wide range of issues including the Tuition Payment Policy.

The Student leadership proposed that they be allowed to pay fees before the beginning of the semester one examinations as an interim measure.

As a result of the above request, the University boss added, it was finally agreed that the deadline for payment of fees for Semester One be Friday November 16 and that beginning Semester Two of the 2012/2013 Academic Year, fees must be paid by the end of the 6th week of each Semester.

“A circular dated November, 2 2012 was sent to all members of staff and students of Makerere University. A reminder of the Circular was sent on 1st February, 2013,” he concluded.

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