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Kyambogo Students Consider Dragging Management to Court Over Tuition Policy

Quoting fellow students, Lokinomoi says the problem in Kyambogo is not failure to pay but people who squander the students’ fees. He points out that last year close to 33 billion shillings was lost in a financial scam at the university adding that, to date the implicated officials have never been tasked to refund the money.

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The Kyambogo university guild is considering dragging management to court over the the implementation of the new tuition policy. Joseph Moi Lokinomoi, the Academic Affairs Minister Kyambogo University told URN on Wednesday evening that they are going to engage a lawyer to help them put up a case against the university management. This comes a day after the Kyambogo university council resolved to stick to the new tuition policy, which requires students to complete their tuition within the first ten weeks of each semester.

According to the policy, students who fail to pay their tuition in time are liable to a surcharge of 50, 000 shillings while those who fail completely are given a dead year. In a heated guild students meeting held on Wednesday, student leaders rejected the council stand on the implementation of the new tuition policy. They were particularly concerned about the suggestion for one to take a dead year when they fail to complete paying their tuition. Lokinomoi questions what would happen to the monies paid by the affected students and whether or not the university would be obliged to refund it.

 

He also dismisses claims by the council that they would find problems running the university in case students don’t pay in time. Lokinomoi wonders if the university was very efficient, why students have never received their results for the last semester, which they have already paid for.  Quoting fellow students, Lokinomoi says the problem in Kyambogo is not failure to pay but people who squander the students’ fees. He points out that last year, close to 33 billion shillings was lost in a financial scam at the university adding that, to date the implicated officials have never been tasked to refund the money.

 

Lokinomoi says students also find it difficult to entrust the university with their money yet most of the facilities are in a sorry state. Some of the students interviewed by URN are worried about the future of their education. Stephen Bwambale, a private student of community based rehabilitation says he has not paid fees because his parents were not so rich to pay fees in six weeks.

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The university guild is scheduled to hold a general assembly to resolve the way forward. However, Lawrence Madete, the Kyambogo university spokesperson says management will not rescind the decision to enforce the new tuition policy, which is geared at providing quality education.

 

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