We are not extending the semester at Makerere University – V.C Nawangwe

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Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said this semester will not be extended despite the ongoing students’ protest against fees increment.

Students have since October 22 been protesting a 15 percent fees increment policy sanctioned on both tuition and functional fees by the university council in July 2018.

In an emergency meeting between the student leaders and the council on Tuesday, management resolved to scrap the 15 percent increment on functional fees for the remaining three years but maintained the 15 percent fees adjustments on tuition for all the new students who wish to join Uganda’s oldest and biggest public university.

However, students resumed the protest on Wednesday chanting ‘Fees must fall’ on grounds that the council’s decision was still unfair to the new students.

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse an assembly that had been convened at Freedom Square by the guild president Julius Kateregga. Journalists who were covering the protest were also targeted by police that lobbed teargas canisters at them.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Prof Nawangwe said despite the isolated demos and riots, most of the University activities continued normally although the rioters managed to disrupt a few classes.

According to him, the situation on campus is gradually normalising.
“Management calls upon all students and staff to resume classes immediately. Security for those carrying on with their duties will be provided. Examinations will commence as planned on 18th November 2019 and there will be no extension to the Semester,” Prof Nawangwe’s statement reads in part shared on Makerere university social media platforms.

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