By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. A committee of Makerere University Guild Representative Council has proposed a 15% tuition increment with effect from the 2018/2019 academic year.
In a meeting which was held with the University administration at the University on Monday, the committee recommended the 15% fees 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,” said Polly Bandola the Committee Chairperson.
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe commended the students’ move towards accepting the increment.
“I would like to thank the student leadership, the Guild President, the Speaker and also the Chairperson and members of the committee for the maturity that they have displayed in handling this issue,” Prof Nawangwe said.
In case the University Council approves the committee recommendations, the University will increase fees for five concurrent academic years starting with the forthcoming 2018/2019.
“The committee proposes a drastic reduction in the fees increment approved by Council from an average of 40%-90% to 15% which they consider to be more realistic and friendly to the students, parents and guardians. I hope Council will consider the student proposals favorably despite the drastic reduction so that Makerere can move on in harmony,” Prof Nawangwe said in a tweet after the meeting.
In April this year, Makerere University administration was forced to suspend the 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 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.