COVID-19: Private universities ask government to pay staff salaries for one semester

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Twenty vice-chancellors of private universities under their umbrella body, Vice-Chancellors’ Forum, recently met the First Lady and Minister of Education, Mrs. Janet Museveni, and said some of their institutions may not remain operational if not assisted.

They stress that they have been hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have appealed for a bail-out from the Government to enable them stay afloat.

They have asked for among other things tax holidays and a rescue package to enable them pay staff salaries.

In addition, they are seeking¬†personal protection equipment for staff and lecturers, support in paying their workers as well as the revision of the students’ loan scheme and the government scholarships policy.

“We also requested that the 4,000 scholarships should be rolled into the Student Loan Scheme so that there is a single spine higher education financing model,” Dr. John Ssenyonyi, the president of the Vice-chancellors forum stated.

The State House meeting was also attended by higher education state minister Dr John Muyingo and planning state minister David B

Schools across the country have been closed form March 2020 following a Presidential directive aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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