Work at Mbarara University has come to a standstill after students protested an increase in charges for retaking examinations and a reduction in allowances.
Government-sponsored students say they receive only Shs 468, check http://coachypnose.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-twitter-cards.php 000 as living-out allowance yet their colleagues at other public universities are given more money.
Holding placards, order http://continentalagra.com/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/really-simple-captcha.php students refused to attend lectures before chasing away some of their colleagues from the university premises.
The striking students said lectures will resume after their grievances are solved by the administration.
One of the protesters identified as Bob Twagiramungu said they need an increment in their living-out allowances.
“This money should be raised from Shs 468,000 to at least Shs 880,000 to enable us meet the rising cost of living,” said Twagiramungu.
The students petitioned the RDC’s office to take up the matter.
Another undergraduate who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely said the campus has introduced a new policy whereby a retake is charged Shs 200,000.
Students further complained about poor feeding which affects their health and productivity.
“We want our government to know that for sure we have been suffering; even the quality of meals is very poor,” charged one of the students.
Francis Amato Okuyo, president Mbarara University Government Sponsored Students’ Association (MUGOSSA), said government-sponsored and private students have joined hands to seek a remedy to their challenges.
“This strike will not stop until the university sits and responds positively,” said Akuyo.
The University administrators refused to speak to us when contacted for comment.