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MUK students petition university council over fees increment

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Students displaying placards during the demonstration PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOOWA 

By Albert Tumwine

Posted  Monday, July 21  2014 at  16:31
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Makerere University students have petitioned the University Council, the institution's top decision making organ, over the 10 per cent tuition policy.
The Students led by their Guild president Ivan Bwowe delivered the petition to the Vice chancellor’s Secretary who was flanked by the university Bursar, demanding the university to scrap the 10 per cent fees increment for every new student at the university. The students also want a forensic audit of the university accounts to be conducted.
“It is unreasonable to keep on asking for more money even before a forensic audit of the university accounts is carried out,” said Mr Bwowe.
The University Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu promised to look into their demands. The university Council is expected to sit on Wednesday and look through the student’s petition.
However, the students said they will petition parliament if by the end of Wednesday (July 23) their demands will not have been addressed.
Meanwhile, police commanded by the Regional Police Commander Kampala North, Mr Steven Tanuyi remain heavily deployed within the Campus.
Last week, the students held a peaceful demonstration over the 10 per cent tuition policy and feeding in the university’s halls of residence. Consequently, Prof Ddumba clarified that, instead of giving the money to the students, the university will pay the service providers and students will only be handed a food coupon as has been in the past.
On tuition increment, he asked the guild body to present their protest letter to the University Council, highlighting why they don’t want the fees hiked.