Kyambogo University Council has refused to rescind the new tuition policy. The policy, which came into force last week, requires students to pay their tuition within 10 the first ten weeks of the semester or ask for a dead year. On Monday, angry students staged a demonstration to protest the implementation of the new policy saying it was too harsh. They asked the university management to rescind the policy and revert to the old system, where students would be required to complete tuition before sitting their final examination.
However, the University council which sat on Tuesday declined to rescind the decision. The council also expelled five students, who were arrested for beating up their colleagues for refusing to join the strike. The council said, it would not allow acts of hooliganism at the university and advised students who are not ready to pay up to leave. In an interview with URN Lawrence Madete, spokesperson Kyambogo University said students are obliged to comply with the new policy.
Madete said without students paying tuition fees in time, the university would be hard pressed to carry-out its mandate of creating an enabling environment for learners. He explained that the university has to pay suppliers of food, scholastic materials and part time lecturers amongst other requirements. Madete said they risk producing half baked students if they allow students to decide what they want, which they are not ready to do. The university council has directed that lessons resume immediately, to allow students to do their tests as earlier scheduled.