A meeting between striking staff at Ugandas public universities and officials from the Finance, Education and Public Service ministries appears to have addressed the issues that pushed the staff to lay down their tools.
Under the new policy, every student who fails a paper is required to pay 50,000 shillings for each paper retaken and once a student fails two papers, he/she automatically gets a dead year. In this case such a student is required to stay put in their current year of study.
Police has fired tear gas to contain students of Kabale University who staged a strike today. The students wanted the Academic Registrar to explain why they have not had lectures since they reported for a new semester on September 15, 2016.
Due to a strike by the non-teaching staff in public universities, the university management after consultation with the chairperson of the university council has extended the opening of first year students from 6th August to Saturday 13th August. Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, Makerere University Vice Chancellor.
Government has asked the Law Development Centre (FDC) Court to allow it amend the charge sheet to institute new charges of unlawful assembly against 18 Makerere University students. The revelation was made this morning by state attorney, Betty Agola before court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Esther Nasambu.
Makerere University Council is yet to sit to resolve the studentsâ€™ grievances three days after the students went on strike to protest the Universityâ€™s 60% tuition policy. The policy adopted in 2006 but put into force last year, requires all private students to pay at least 60 percent of their tuition within the first six weeks of the 17-week semester.
During a meeting called by Gulu district leaders on Tuesday afternoon to find solution to the strikes, the assistant lecturers who attended the meeting said that they too are planning to stage a strike over non-payment of their allowances. The leaders were shocked to learn that the lecturers have not been paid for the last eight months.
Ian Kamusiime, a second year student of education was discontinued on the orders of the University Secretary, Aliza Mary Dutki. Kamusiime had just been released from Kabale Central Police Station where he spent two weeks after he was arrested for alleged defilement.
Kyambogo University Non teaching staff, who had on Sunday threatened to go on strike before calling it off after a crisis meeting, are still waiting for the Minister of Education to name representatives to the negotiation committee.