Makerere University Guild President Julius Kateregga says that the council failed to offer them their demand of halting the entire increment for review and only halted the increase on functional fees. In the fees structure projection, the functional fees had been raised from the initial 618,500 Shillings to 1.1 million Shillings.
University Council has declined to halt a 15 per cent cumulative increase on
tuition fees. However, it halted the increment on functional fees. Functional
fees include registration, examination, library, development, technology fees
and contribution towards the research fund.
forming part of the functional fees include internship/field attachment
supervision fee, payment for a university identity card, rules booklet, caution,
academic gown (red gown), guild fees, senior common room fees, sports
contribution and endowment fee. These fees are paid in addition to tuition
University Guild President Julius Kateregga says that the council failed to
offer them their demand of halting the entire increment for review and only
halted the increase on functional fees. In
the fees structure projection, the functional fees had been raised from the
initial 618,500 Shillings to 1.1 million Shillings.
In an interview
with URN shortly after the 11-hour-long Council meeting held at the university
Senate Building, Kateregga said they were disappointed by the decisions arrived
at by the university council in disregard of the students demands to have
tuition fees increment halted.
He said the university council
also failed to pronounce itself on the reinstatement of the suspended students and
revocation of all warning letters given to students during the week-long
impasse at the university.
remain on suspension. They include Siperia Mollie Saasiraabo, who is also the
Guild Representative Councilor for the School of Psychology, Ojambo Wabwire and
another yet-to-be-identified student.
Students had also demanded that
Council grants them a chance to review the guild electoral regulations which was
granted according to sources that attended the meeting.
“Council failed to make a decision
on this citing they did not have a comprehensive report from the university
management on the students and their records,” Kateregga said.
Students have also dispelled as
regrettable, the claim by the education and sports minister that many of these
those striking are sponsored by the government, MasterCard Foundation, State
House while others are beneficiaries of the Higher Education Students Loan
According to Kateregga, student’s
leaders will convene on Wednesday morning to receive a report from their
representatives in council and decide the way forward.
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development, the University Council has ordered for the immediate investigation
of Gordon Murangira, the Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Prof.
Eria Hisali, the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, for their involvement in the student violence meted on them by
the two of posturing as security agents who reportedly sanctioned the military
raids and subsequent brutalization of students in the students’ halls of
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Kidega, the Vice-Chairperson of Council has been nominated to spearhead the
investigations. He will work jointly with Jolly Uzamukunda Karabaaya, the
Commissioner Higher Education, Dr Fredrick Kitoogo, the Director of planning,
Research & Development at NITA-U and William Ndoleriire, a representative
Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development on the university
Museveni had earlier in the day ordered the withdraw of the Military Police
from the university following condemnation from the public that security forces
raided students’ residents and brutalized them.