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Mak Dons Oppose Hiking Students' Tuition

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information pills http://cprescue.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/templates/templates/ical.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Following a nearly month long lecturers’ sit down strike in demand for a double salary increment, the University which is already in a sh67billion debt crisis, was compelled to reorganize some internally generated funds to cater for the above staff incentives.

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The move has since been reported as threatening to cripple the institution’s normal business, raising concerns that the council could resort to hiking student’s fees to bridge the financial gap.

They said allowances apparently encroached on a sh5billion package set aside in the university annual budget, for research; reducing it to only 2billion.

Lecturers in a press briefing on Thursday however emphasized that rising students’ tuition was not the solution to the problem.

“We believe that Makerere cannot be run entirely on tuition money. This is not a secondary school,” said MUASA chairperson Dr Mohammed Kiggundu. “It is an old tradition that has to be stopped.”

The dons suggested instead that the intuition through its Investments Department must now begin exploring external investment projects to compliment the strained financial resources pool.”

“Makerere has vast chunks of land in Makindye, Katalemwa, Kololo, Katanga, and it is seated on about 3 square miles. There are lots of investment options to pick from, to put this land into productive use.”

Though he could not delve further into particular investment plans they have in mind, Kiggundu, hinted on the establishment of an international hospital, where experts from around the world can converge to carry out research on health and science.

“This is better than going to squeeze students, whom we all know are already being charged more than the services they get. We are all Ugandans entitled to a good and affordable education.”

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