Makerere University says No to change of examination date
Mak says examinations will commence as planned earlier on 18th November 2019 and there will also be no extension to the Semester. File Photo

Makerere University examinations will commence as planned earlier on 18th November 2019 and there will also be no extension to the Semester.

Following the second week of strikes by students against the 15% tuition increment policy, Makerere University, the administration has stated that examinations will commence as planned earlier on 18th November 2019 and there will also be no extension to the Semester.

Protests by students against the 15 per cent tuition increment policy that they believe was signed without their proper consent started last week and this is its second week.

According to the students, this policy is very unfair not only to those on government but also those on private sponsorship who have to toil hard to get their tuition and they demand that it is revised.

The policy means that after five years, each student will be required to pay 75 per cent more something they claim is very inconsiderate.

However, the University through the Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe calls upon all students and staff to resume classes immediately.

Besides, that no further reschedules will be done to any but rather the University states that they are ready to provide maximum security to those carrying on with their normal class duties.

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It is still not confirmed whether students will be willing to resume their school duties and responsibilities when the University declined to revise the whole policy in general both for tuition and functional fees.

On 29th October 2019, the University Council held an emergency meeting and decided to halt any further increment on functional fees, but kept the 15% increase on tuition fees for the next three years.

This decision was apparently not acceptable to a section of the students and a few continued with their riots mostly off-campus. The situation on campus is gradually normalising.

However, this same week, the University released a list of suspended and warned students requesting them to pick their letters from the Office of the Dean of Students.

The University administration took the disciplinary action towards these students indicating that they have played a key role in leading riots.

Earlier this week, the University also released a clarification on the current fees policy indicating that there was no tuition increment for this academic year.

According to the University Management, the students continue to pay the fees as per the structure is given to each of them at the time of admission.

The University also adds that the policy being contested by the students was approved and implemented in July 2018.

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And that it was approved after a thorough report presented by the special committee of the Guild representatives appointed by the Guild leadership whose work started on 4th June 2018.

As so doing, the University instead of increasing fees by the tune of 49% and 91% as it were in the earlier Management proposal they took the decision to put a uniform and moderate 15% increase in tuition fees across all programmes effective 2018/19 for the next 5 years.

This, however, means that a student who joins the University at a given fees structure that has a 15% factored in, shall continue to pay similar fees until he completes the Course duration.

The increment of 15% however, only applies to first-year students (effective 2018/19) going forward and not continuing students.

By John Dalton Kigozi