Makerere students triumph over university fee payment deadline

Makerere University students protest the 100 per cent tuition fee demand deadline (Photo by Daily Monitor's Michael Kakumirizi)
Makerere University students protest the 100 per cent tuition fee demand deadline (Photo by Daily Monitor’s Michael Kakumirizi)

By Ruth Namatovu in Kampala – Uganda

Students at East and Central Africa’s oldest university, Makerere University Kampala (MUK) are today celebrating a rare achievement in student politics after their two-day strike over demands that they pay all their fees by end of this month forced the university to back down over the deadline.

At a meeting that took place at the university on Sunday, MUK administration yesterday extended the fees clearance deadline by another six weeks to enable students clear their tuition fees by 100 per cent. Announcing the decision, Prof Ogwang Okello, the Deputy Vice Chancellor -Academic, said that each student must have cleared the tuition fees by the 12th week before the exams start in June and that this decision will only apply to this semester alone.

The news was welcomed by the students and calmed down the situation which had led to a heavy police deployment following a two-day student strike over the institution’s new tuition fees policy that required learners to pay 100 per cent tuition fees before tests and course work were submitted.

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