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Makerere students on strike

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.

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4 Responses to Makerere students on strike

  1. pule joshua hero says:

    It is totally unfair for the university to decide that this is the right time to increase the tuition. Just after the general elections where the hard earned tax payers money was allegedly misused.The whole country is still recovering amidst high fuel prices that have mad food prices to soar. Our parents and guardians now have their backs against the wall since they not only have to feed us with food at a doubled price but also educate us at double he tuition.

  2. Solala Solala says:

    Ugandans: If you can’t afford posho, buy cakes, says First Lady?
    I was amused by the satirical op-eds written by the Janet Museveni wife of Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Her piece in the New Vision Friday April 15 entitled “We shall not be derailed” reminiscent that of pre-revolutionary France by Maria Antoinette. When the French rose up to demand an end to autocratic monarchism amid growing food crisis and high costs of living, it was none other than the “queen” who first came out to address the concerns of the crowd –supposedly with motherly concerns. But the solution she offered was just like what Mrs. Museveni offered: “If you can’t afford bread, buy cakes.” According to Janet Museveni, you need not be in government to serve the people of Uganda. Madam first lady I agree BUT. What hypocrisy? What is so special about you and your family that makes you incapable of serving Uganda without being in government? Why should other Ugandans not be in government to serve the country? How many positions in government do you personally hold (MP Ruahama County, First Lady, and Minister for Karamoja etc) and yet you can’t still deliver the simply answer to a nations call for sanity to realise that your man can do other things as well, rather than be president? Which of your son or daughter is not in government and serving Uganda? I am ashamed of your hypocrisy.

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