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Mak Students Return to Hostels Amidst Uncertainty About School Reopening

Anthony Ahairwe, a third-year student from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies and resides at Jerusalem hostel in Kikoni says that he returned to the hostel to concentrate on revision without being disrupted.
02 Sep 2021 13:50
Some of the hostels around Makerere Wandegeya- Courtesy picture

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Makerere University students have started reporting to hostels amidst uncertainty when education institutions will reopen.

In June, President Museveni ordered the closure of schools to contain the spread of covid-19.

Last month, the government allowed medical and health training institutions to resume normal studies.

When URN reporter visited several hostels in Kikoni, Wandegeya and Kikumi Kikumi, they were being occupied by continuing students.

Anthony Ahairwe, a third-year student from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies and resides at Jerusalem hostel in Kikoni says that he returned to the hostel to concentrate on revision without being disrupted.

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Samson Aine, a second-year student, who travelled from Mbarara to Douglas Villa hostel in Kikoni, says that he is optimistic that schools will soon reopen. He says that that reporting on time gives him ample time to revise with other students.

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Violin Mugala further explains that she had to report to MMK Girls hostel in Wandegeya to avoid disruptions with network connectivity during online examinations at her home in Budaka.

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Among those reporting to hostels are continuing students, who according to a university communication issued last week indicated that they will start examinations on September 13, 2021. The other category is that of final year students whose online lectures for semester two started on Monday.

Unlike last year, when most hostels around Makerere University hiked prices after the lockdown, this time, the custodians say that they will maintain the fees.

However, the custodians note that students reporting are required to pay full accommodation fees for a semester.

Irene Alumo, the custodian of MMK Girls hostel notes that students are supposed to pay 600,000 Shillings for a double room for a full semester.

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While most of the hostels in Kikoni and Wandegeya are open to receive students, a few that include J.J and Edith Hetty among others have remained closed.

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