Sunday July 3 2011

Orombi asks government to make varsity education affordable

By Patience Ahimbisibwe & Johnson Mayamba

Uganda Christian University Chancellor Henry Luke Orombi has asked the government to make higher education affordable for ordinary people.

Speaking at the institution’s 12th graduation ceremony, Archbishop Orombi said while no Ugandan university is charging a unit cost for university education, the fees is still high for many people to support their children.
“I know that university education is expensive.

I call upon the government to support private higher education by making it affordable and assist it so that it can flourish,” the Anglican Archbishop said on Friday.

Vice Chancellor John Senyonyi said: “The government whose stated goal is to put emphasis on the sciences should support private universities in making science equipment more accessible and by totally waiving VAT on higher education construction projects.”

The university is constructing a library worth $4m (about Shs9billion).