‘Starving’ Makerere students threaten to strike over delayed food allowances

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A section of government-sponsored students at Makerere University has threatened to go on strike in protest against the delayed payment of their feeding and living out allowances.

According to reports, some government-sponsored students received half of their allowances prior to the nationwide closure of learning institutions in March 2020.

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Upon resumption of studies in October 2020 the balance of the allowances was reportedly sent, but only a few students received the remaining half of the funds.

Numerous attempts have been made by student leaders to ensure that the balance of the money is remitted to the students’ accounts, however, these haven’t been fruitful, leaving numerous learners in despair and ‘close to starvation’.

To date, some students claim they have never received any portion of their allowances.

Government-sponsored students at Makerere University receive a semester allowance ranging from 540,000 to 840,000 shillings for meals and accommodation. These students also receive a full-tuition and functional fees waiver for the entire period of their study programs.

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The University administration has promised to rigorously work on sorting out the matter to ensure that the students have a smooth learning experience.

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