By Abraham Kizza
Makerere University Business School (MUBS) authorities have defied Makerere University’s directive to increase tuition fees for graduate programmes.
Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, the MUBS Council chairperson in a letter dated April 3, 2017, said that MUBS has rejected the directive dated March 21, 2018 which was made by Makerere University Council to the Principal of MUBS ordering them to increase tuition fees for graduate programmes with effect from the Academic Year 2018/2019.
“The communication from Makerere University Council directing MUBS to revise tuition fees to not less than UGX 5million and UGX 7million per annum for Masters and PhD programmes respectively, not later than March 26, 2018 is unlawful and unfortunate,” said Prof Baryamureeba.
He added that, “As much as MUBS runs Masters and PHD programmes for the awards of Makerere University, 100% of tuition fees on these programs goes to MUBS for the basic reason that fees is meant for running programmes and has nothing to do with affiliation.”
Professor Baryamureeba said that although MUBS is affiliated to Makerere University, it is financially and administratively autonomous of the mother University.
“MUBS as a public institution goes through an extensive consultative process before it can revise fees. This includes undertaking stakeholder analysis and consulting all key stakeholders that include the government, the public, MUBS students, alumni, and staff,” he noted.
He also said that abrupt increase of tuition fees at public institutions has always led to strikes by students, adding that MUBS has not been able to recruit the desired number of students on its graduate programmes at the current tuition fees.
“Other public universities charge less than what MUBS is charging on similar programmes and MUBS is not ready to price itself out of the market. In addition, public education should be inclusive and the proposed fees by Makerere University Council are more likely to exclude the majority of Ugandans who earn less than UGX 500,000 per month,” he said.
Prof Baryamureba noted that MUBS gets a government subvention in addition to fees paid by students to enable it run all its programmes.
He maintained that “MUBS will not be increasing tuition fees on all academic programmes run by MUBS including those for award of Makerere University Degrees in the foreseeable future unless government directs all public institutions otherwise.”