Makerere University Council recently explained why it suspended the controversial 15% policy on tuition fees.
The development was communicated in a tweet last week by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.
He said that the increment is going to be in suspension for the next two years because of the economic effects brought about by Covid-19
“Makerere University Council suspended the 15% annual tuition fees increment for two years. I thank the Council for responding to the COVID-19 situation positively,” Read Nawangwe’s tweet
In 2018, the university council approved the policy that sanctioned a 15 percent increment on both tuition and functional fees, over the next five years.
It was met with protests from students forcing the council to scrap the 15 percent increment from functional fees for the next three years.
However, Makerere university guild leaders want the university to completely scrap this increment and also scrap off the many functional fees, which they say is expensive for parents and sponsors of the students.
Meanwhile, Makerere, other Universities as well as primary and secondary schools are on suspension following the spread of the second wave of Covid-19 that increased rapidly in Uganda in June.
Government on 6th June announced that all schools close for 42 days as part of tighter measures introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The 42 days have however elapsed but in the recent president’s state of the nation on Covid-19 address, the president added more days and schools were encouraged to adopt the electronic way of teaching