But some students who are already in Banda like Jimmy Odongo and Aggrey Atwiine say that the university has enough space in its halls of residence, so if they care for the students, they should accommodate all the finalists rather than "stressing hostel owners!"
Hostel Owners around
Kyambogo University have opposed the University demand of carrying forward hostel
fees of Semester two to cater for the remaining period on re-opening this week.
Elli Katunguka the Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University, the management negotiated
with some hostel owners and agreed that the hostel fees which the students had paid
for semester two will be carried forward to cater for this period to enable the
students complete their studies.
The vice chancellor reveals
that the majority of their students reside in private hostels and rentals in
the communities surrounding the University.
Network-URN visited a number of hostels and the owners say the University
should know that when students are in hostels, they use a variety of services
which include water and electricity, hostel shuttles and the hostel has to pay
the services providers.
They argue that when
students were sent home, they were almost done with the semester and they left their
property in the hostel which has been the responsibility of the hostel to keep
them safe. Therefore, they are not owed anything by the hostels.
The University has also
issued measures that must be followed to ensure that the students are safe
from COVID-19, which the hostel owners argue are hard to implement when there is no money taken from students.
include reduction in numbers of occupants (students) per room to observe
social distance. This implies that a room which was previously occupied by two
students will now accommodate one student. They also have to fumigate and disinfect the
hostel premises and all students’ property before entering the hostels, restrict
entry to only hostel members and keep a record of all persons accessing the hostels
to ease contact tracing.
Others are to ensure
that there is someone at the entrance of the hostel to check the
temperature of everyone accessing the hostel premises, installing hand washing
facilities including hand sanitizers at the entrance and around the hostel premises,
the owner of Maria Hostel in Banda says that as hostel owners, they have bills
to pay and if the university requires them to have all the measures in place,
how will they handle.
She adds that
she will sit with her students and agree on what they will do for the benefit
of all of them and the less she can charge them is shillings 200,000 each for
the remaining period.
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the caretaker of Kabojja hostel explains that the students use a hostel
shuttle which moves over 12 times a day and in a month, he spends over
shillings 1.2m on fuel only. To Kigundu, they have already notified their
students to come with shillings 300,000, which he says will help catering for
This is not
different from the arguments from the owners of hostels like TAL, Cariton,
LIAM, Servite and ENIAD, all found in Banda.
However, all these differ from what Good Shepherd hostel caretaker, Denis Asiimwe tells URN, that
they all their finalists will be catered for at no other cost when they report since they had already paid their dues.
who are already in Banda like Jimmy Odongo and Aggrey Atwiine say that the
university has enough spaces in their halls of residence, so if they care for
their students, they should accommodate the finalists rather than "stressing hostel owners".
University is reopening for final year students on Saturday 17th and
the teaching will start Monday 19th for a period of four weeks.