Makerere University Kampala students are on strike following allegations that the University is hiking annual tuition fees from Shs. 3m to 6m per student.
The strike was announced by the University’s FDC pary chapter leader, Kyomuhendo Attenyi this morning and he is said to be leading it as students comb the institutions premises mobilising their colleagues to join the strike.
Reports from the University indicate that students were chasing fellow students from lecture rooms to join them in striking. Police is said to have already deployed at the campus.
The allegations of fees increment emerged after the University Secretary, Kahunda Muhwezi , while appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Tuesday April.12, called on the house to approve the Auditor General’s recommendation to increase tuition fees at the University.
Kahunda’s call is said to have blown out of proportion by media reports which indicated that the University was ready to hike the fees irking students. It is hardly two years since Makerere and other universities doubled their tuition fees.
However, the University authorities issued a statement that the university secretary was only supporting the recommendation; adding that the university was not about to increase the fees goes through an elaborate process, including getting the approval from the Government.
“University Councils should have the autonomy to charge fees in consultation with the Ministry of Education and Sports, and with the approval of Cabinet,” the authorities quoted the Ministry of Education and Sports Government White Paper.