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Nawangwe implores MPs on new funding for Makerere

FILE PHOTO: Vice-Chancellor, Barnabas Nawangwe

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Barnabas Nawangwe has told Parliamentary committee on education to explore new funding options for the University.

Nawangwe was on Tuesday appearing alongside Makerere University Management and University Council led by chairperson Lorna Magara to answer to the queries related to the 15% fees increment, which resulted into a strike at the institution.

According to Nawangwe, the government gives the University 225 billion shillings, while 91 billion shillings is collected from privately sponsored students, which is inadequate.

Nawangwe says that Parliament needs to come up with a new funding mechanism to fund public Universities.

According to Nawangwe, they need 370 billion shillings annually.

Nawangwe also told the committee that he was not intimidating students and parents as claimed by some Members of Parliament.

Yusuf Kiranda, the acting Makerere University secretary said they cannot afford to fund core activities of the University like reagents for laboratories, teaching materials, CT backbone infrastructure, rehabilitating halls of residences among others.

Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP accused Nawangwe of highhandedness targeting students.

Emmanuel Ongiertho, the MP Jonam in Pakwach says Nawangwe should be asked to step aside because of the numerous strikes during his reign.

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