PHOTOS: MUK, UCU leaders meet Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament and Education Ministry about the welfare of institutions of higher learning
Makerere University (MUK) and Uganda Christian University (UCU) students’ guild leaders together with their respective Vice Chancellors yesterday, 21st October 2020 met with Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and the Education Ministry to deliberate upon the welfare of Uganda’s Institutions of Higher learning in the midst of this COVID 19 crisis.
During this tremendous discussion, a number of issues were dissected for the betterment of both public and private institutions of higher learning.
These included the provision of stimulus packages to the institutions to support the normal running of these institutions given the damages inspired by the corona crisis.
There was proposed suspension of taxes on private institutions and reduction of tuition by institutions of higher learning.
Therefore, the Vice-Chancellors were tasked to discuss with University Councils about tuition reduction and hence report back in two weeks’ time.
The Ministry of Education and Sports was requested to provide laptops as opposed to televisions and radios to students in higher institutions of learning.
This aimed at ensuring complete inclusiveness of students into the Open Distance eLearning (ODeL).
Timothy Kadaga, the UCU Guild President stated that their petition intends to expedite the processes and see that all students and lecturers are supported while ensuring that no one is left behind.