Rugunda Appoints Committee to Review Makerere Fees Policy

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has named a committee of eminent individuals to review Makerere University’s new fees payment policy, treatment Chimp Corps report.

Students hold strikes almost every semester protesting the payment of 60 percent of tuition before sitting their exams.

The students claim the policy discriminates the poor who miss exams and end up having retakes.

In his letter dated June 17, website like this Rugunda reassured Makerere University Council Chairperson Dr Charles Wana-Etyem of his commitment to find a long lasting solution to the recurrent problem.

“Makerere University has experienced problems with regard to payment of fees due to a policy that students regard as being unfair to them,” said Rugunda.

He said, on the request of government, Makerere drafted a new fees policy which seeks to address the students’ grievances.

“In consultation with Makerere University, I have nominated a joint stakeholders committee to review the proposed policy and advise the University Council before the final approval of the policy,” Rugunda told Etyem.


Makerere will be represented by Thomas Tayebwa (Council Member), Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu (Vice Chancellor), Prof Barnabus Nawangwe (Deputy Vice Chancellor), Charles Barugahare (University Secretary), Alfred Namoah (Academic Registrar), Cypriaco Kabagambe (Dean of students) and Goddy Muhumuza (Ag. Director Legal Affairs).

Rugunda chose three officials to represent government on this panel. They include Elizabeth Gabona (Commissioner for Planning, Ministry of Education and Sports), Lillian Aber (Chairperson National Youth Council) and faith Katana, Head of Education Desk at State House.

The students’ community will have the Guild Speaker, Jotham Burobuto, Bazil Mwotta, Roy Ssemboga and Rhona Kemirembe as members of the Rugunda committee.

Rugunda asked the committee, which will be led by Tayebwa, to “discuss and make recommendations on the draft policy to Makerere University Council.”

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