Police Crushes Makerere Internship Fees Riot

viagra 40mg geneva; font-size: small;”>Makerere publicist Ritah Namisango says the students are protesting the new policy on payment of the field attachment (internship) fees.

tadalafil geneva; font-size: small;”>Students are currently engaged in running battles with anti-riot police. The riot is fast-spreading to all parts of the University as fears hit boiling levels the violence could paralyze business at the University.

Police trucks are now patrolling the University roads and deploying at key buildings, according to Corp Dorothy Aine.

The unruly students are carrying banners, calling for the scrapping of Shs400,00 charged as attachment fees.

The University in the academic year 2010/2011 started implementing the policy of field attachment covering all academic programmes.

According to the Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye, the fee was planned to enable students get hands on experience in real-life situation where they are expected to work when they graduate.

The University was in the past charging Shs100, 000 per semester towards the cost of Field Attachment. The funds would cover students’ requirements such as accommodation, meals, transport, report writing, administrative and supervision costs incurred by Academic units.

However, the University Council at its 122nd meeting held on May 19 2011 reviewed the above arrangements of payment of field attachment fees.

The council decided that beginning 2011/12 in take, students would only be required to pay administrative and supervision costs only.

The component for students’ welfare requirements and report writing would not be paid to the University.

The parents or sponsors of students would remit the funds for students’ welfare to students directly at the time when the Field Attachment takes place.

The council therefore decided that programmes that go once students would be required to pay Shs100,000 per semester in the first year only.

Programmes that go twice for field attachment, students would be required to pay Shs100,000 per semester in the first and second year of study and those who go for the programme thrice would be compelled to fork out the same amount per semester in the first, second and third year.

The council further ruled that continuing students whose programmes had more than two schedules of Field Attachment would also pay 200,000 per year to cover administration costs in the third, fourth or fifth year.

The students insist the fees are exorbitant and must be dropped.

A few hours later Namisango tells that the students have always remained calm on this issue of field attachment. However, some students today started

mobilising fellow students to strike against this policy.

“As the strike continues, we have been able to understand that some students are asking the University administration to release the money for field attachment to them now or today,8th March 2012. How? When you listen to the students shouting, the message that comes out is, “We want money,” Namisangi notes with concern.

“When we inquired, the students have informed us that they would like the University Management to release the money meant for field attachment (due July 2012) now.”

She further adds the position of the University Council-the supreme governing body of the university- is that the students should remember that this is March 2012, and that the respective students are scheduled to go for field attachment in the respective organisations in July 2012.

“The students should not ask for money (field attachment fee) now, which according to university operations and procedure is supposed to be released in June 2012,” says Namisango.


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