“There will be no fees reduction” – Universities dismiss finalists’ appeals to lower tuition

A section of Ugandan universities including Makerere, Kyambogo, and Uganda Christian University has turned down appeals by students and parents to lower tuition fees following the recent resumption of studies.

During a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Kyambogo University’s Prof. Eli Katunguka and Uganda Christian University’s Dr Aaron Mushengyezi discussed a number of issues with guild leaders from different public and private Universities.

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The meeting followed a petition by student leaders for the fees to be lowered given that many families are facing financial hurdles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the university administrators did not heed to this request, stating that fees should be paid in full.

According to Prof. Eli Katunguka, by the time the universities were closed in March, students had covered 75 – 80% of the syllabus and therefore ought to pay the full tuition fees.

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UCU’s Dr Aaron Mushengyezi avoided giving his honest view and explained that the university management already discussed the same matter.

Prof Nawangwe who recently told finalists to pay full tuition has also promised that they would discuss the matter with the university council and report to the Ministry of Education.

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We shall keep you posted about further developments.

 

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