Government-sponsored students in public universities are struggling to survive amidst the increasing
prices of commodities.
forced students from Kyambogo, Gulu, and Makerere Universities to demand an
increase in the living-out allowance.At Makerere University, government-sponsored students who reside outside the
university receive at least 760,000 Shillings every semester as a living-out
allowance to cover the cost of their accommodation and meals while those
staying in halls of residence only receive a food allowance amounting to
530,000 Shillings, per semester.
students of Kyambogo University wrote to the Chairperson of the University
Council demanding an increment of the allowances.
Ogwal, the leader of the government-sponsored students says that due to the
increase in the prices of commodities, the allowances are inadequate to sustain
their stay at the university.
give your office a timeline of one week because the students are hungry and
have nowhere to sleep. If our concerns are not responded to in the stipulated
time, we shall go on a peaceful hunger strike without attending classes,” Ogwal
At Kyambogo, the government-sponsored students are paid 730,000 Shillings per semester.
Wanege, a 2nd-year student pursuing a degree in Social sciences says that he
spends 210,000 a month on meals. He says that the allowances are inadequate for
the semester which is three to four months.
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are also struggling to pay for accommodation after the hostel owners increased
Oloya, a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Land Economics at Makerere
University, decries the state of living. Oloya anticipated that he would
stay in the halls of residence, but he was informed that his course was not
prioritized. He was forced to seek accommodation outside the University which
around Makerere Kikoni, Kikumi, and Wandegeya charge between 500,000 and 2
million Shillings per semester, while rental houses charge between Shillings 150,000
and 500,000 per month.
that there should be an arrangement to revise the amount of money allocated to
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Oloya, coupled with the inadequate allowances, the money is released in
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At Gulu University, students receive 768,000
Shillings but unlike other public universities, there are no halls of residence
on the campus, this means students have no option but seek accommodation using