Prof Barnabas Nawangwe calls for more security
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe calls for more security deployment at the University ahead of examinations. File Photo

Makerere Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe proposes for more security deployment at the University to ensure no change or extension in programs due to strikes

Following the student’s strike against the 15% tuition increment policy that culminated into many getting injuries and others being suspended by the management, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has promised that police is still heavily deployed to ensure there are no more strikes inside university that might lead to extension of dates for some programs.

In a statement signed by Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, it highlighted that Makerere is not ready to extend the dates for the examinations and the semester as a whole.

‘’Examinations will commence as planned on 18th November 2019 and there will be no extension to the Semester,” a letter signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe read.

For now close to two weeks, students have been protesting against the 15 per cent tuition increment policy that they believe was signed without their proper consent and as a result, it has lectures have not been going on.

Following the student’s meeting with the University, the management stressed that it was not going to scrap the policy on tuition but rather it will remove the one for functional fees this since then has prompted the students who called for the revision of the policy, in general, to carry on their protests.

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.

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.

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

However, the University through the Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe calls upon all students and staff to resume classes immediately to catch up with the planned semester schedule.

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.

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.

By John Dalton Kigozi