By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Makerere University Council has approved a15 percent tuition increment with effect from the forthcoming academic year which starts next month (August).
The move comes after a committee of the University Guild Representative Council proposed the 15% tuition increment instead of 49% that was proposed by the University in April.
“Instead of increasing tuition by 49.91% as it was in the earlier management proposal, there should be a uniform and moderate 15% increase in tuition across all programs effective academic year 2018/2019,” Polly Bandola the Committee Chairperson said in a meeting with the University administration at the University on Monday last week.
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University Vice Chancellor has now revealed that the University Council has approved the proposal saying the programme will enable the management to make major improvements in service delivery and infrastructure at the University.
“Council has approved a new Fees Structure for undergraduate students starting 2018/19 with an increase of 15%,” Prof Nawangwe posted on his social media page immediately after the approval of the proposal on Monday.
Prof. Nawangwe added: “This will enable Management make major improvements in service delivery and infrastructure so that our students can have an experience of a top University that Makerere is.”
The University is now set to increase fees for five concurrent academic years starting with 2018/2019.
Makerere University students’ leadership has welcomed the approval but said they want to see students benefit from the programme.
The 15% tuition increment has however faced rejection from some students claiming that if implemented, tuition will be too much to their incoming colleagues while others complained that they were not consulted by their leaders before tabling the proposal to the University administration.
In April this year, Makerere University administration was forced to suspend a new fees increment until consultations were concluded.
This came after students vowed to continue with their strike that had started two days before.
Prof. Nawangwe, in a letter dated April 18, 2018 addressed to the Guild President, said that the University had suspended the proposed fees on selected programmes, pending consultations with the student leadership’s input.
Several students including the Guild President, Mr Papa Were Salim were arrested following a strike in protest of what they called ‘unfair administrative policies’.
The students protested increased tuition fees, missing marks, proposed scrapping of; evening lectures, hall meals, end of semester exams and sponsorship of students on national merit.