Makerere Forced To Suspend Tuition Hikes

Makerere University has been forced to suspend its plan to hike tuition fees for several under graduate programs.

The decision to suspend follows a violent strike by students in which 20 students were arrested and a meeting between the Students Guild and the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and several University staff.

The University issued a statement via twitter late in the evening announcing the suspension of the fees hike.

“This is to inform you that following consultations with the chairperson of Makerere University Council, it  has been agreed that the new fees structure for selected programs in the college of Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio Security and College of Humanities an Social Sciences be suspended until consultations are made with the students guild for their input.’

In response to the fees suspension, the president of students Guild president Papa Salim Were called off the strike urged students to stay calm but berated the police for violent conduct.

“We have come up with a committee which is going to discuss the administrators and revise all the policies that were suggested. All students that were arrested have been released but we are not happy with the police. They ill treated us yet we were peaceful.”

 

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