Makerere University reverses decision to increase tuition fees, to consult students first

Nelson Bwire Kapo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

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Makerere University has suspended increments on tuition fees for selected programs that the institution had earlier revised upwards.

In a circular from the Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe dated April 18, the new proposed fees are suspended pending consultations with the student leadership.

“This is to inform you that following consultations with the chairperson Makerere University Council, it has been agreed that the new fees on selected programs in the College of Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Bio Security, and College of Humanities and Social Sciences be suspended until consultations are made with the students’ guild for their input,” the circular reads in part.

“This is therefore to inform you that the new proposed fees are suspended until these consultations are concluded,” the circular continues.

The learning institution had released a different circular three days ago in which they decreed that tuition fees for undergraduate programs be increased starting the next academic year 2018/19.

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According to a circular, Bachelor of Journalism and Communication which falls under College of Humanities had fees hiked from Shs980,000 to Shs 1.2 million. Other courses include; Bachelor of Pharmacy from Shs 1.34 million to Shs 2 million as well as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Shs 1.34 million to Shs 2 million (All in College of Health Sciences).

Bachelor of Dental Surgery was to be increased from Shs 1.34 million to Shs 2 million, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Shs 1.34 to Shs 2 million, Bachelor of Environmental Health Science from Shs 1.05 to Shs 1.5 million, Bachelor of Information system and technology from Shs 1.3 million to Shs 1.6 million and Bachelor of Biomedical and Laboratory Technology from Shs 784,000 to Shs 1.5 million.

The back down on decision follows a strike by students in which 15 of them including the guild president Salim Papa Were got arrested.

 

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