Makerere Revokes 60% Fees Policy, Releases New One

Makerere University has Friday released a tentative tuition policy that will help address the persistent student unrest following the unpopular 60% policy.

The committee set up to review the university’s existing tuition policy announced during a news conference that the previous policy has since been revoked for continuing students. According to the university management, viagra the 60% policy has not met any opposition from new students therefore it will be maintained for those joining.

Perennial strikes by students prompted government intervention into the matter that led the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda to form a committee to review the policy.

“The policy on payment 60% of fees by 6th week is revoked, instead every student will be required to pay a commitment fee (Ugsh 200, 000) within the first two weeks of a semester to qualify for registration,” a statement released on Friday by the university read.

According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the new comprehensive policy will entail 3 windows that will cater for different economic status for students.

The first category will cater for students who are capable of fully (100%) paying functional and tuition fees by the sixth week of the semester.

Another category will allow those able to fully pay fees by the twelfth week of a semester however failure to meet the deadline will attract a surcharge (5 percent of the student’s tuition fees.

The third category will enable students especially those who raise fees through part time work to pay accordingly to a monthly payment plan.

Prof. Nawangwe told journalists that the university management is committed to crafting a policy that is fair to both parties through a consultative process.

Jothan Burobuto the Speaker in the Makerere University Guild who doubles as the Acting Guild President said; “Contrary to public opinion, students are not opposed to paying fees but rather a policy that is fair and matches the quality of education and services.”

He assured students that reasonable and largely agreeable recommendations will be reached and forwarded to the University Council. As a way of further consultations, student leaders, Guild Representatives to Council (GRCs) and the students will Saturday meet to discuss the draft tuition policy and gather students’ opinion.

On June 30, the committee that was tasked to review the tuition policy will sit to draw final recommendations that will then be forwarded to the University Council for consideration. Prof. Nawangwe said the new policy is likely to take effect at the beginning of the next semester that starts August 6.

He however disregarded allegations that the new policy seeks to hike tuition fees saying that; “The University Administration reached a mutual agreement with government that we shall not introduce any increments until all stakeholders have reached a consensus on the unit cost.”


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