KAMPALA. Makerere University will automatically dismiss students who fail to register with the institution by the 10th week of a semester.
This is contained in a fees policy that the University Council adopted on Wednesday. In an earlier submission it had been proposed that students pay a fine of Shs50, 000 if they have not registered in the sixth week.
But the council headed by Prof Charles Wana-Etyem revised the provision, dropping the proposed fine and extending the registration period from the sixth week the 10th week.
Mr Thomas Tayebwa, a council member who chaired a committee that look into the university’s fees policy with a view of drafting a new one acceptable by all stakeholders, told Saturday Monitor: “Council has passed the fees policy. The only changes were on opening registration up to 10th week for free. Late registration was removed and any student who doesn’t register by 10th week will cease being a student of Makerere University for that academic year.”
He added: “The deadline for payment of fees was also reduced from 15 to 14 weeks to enable the university plan better for exams.”
The new students will only pick their admission letters after paying all functional fees. The policy starts with immediate effect. Continuing students will be expected to pay part of their fees of Shs200, 000 as commitment fee in the first three weeks when the semester commences in August.
However, a student who fails to pay 100 per cent fees within the first 12 weeks of the semester will be required to apply to the vice chancellor for permission to pay before the semester closes but with a 5 per cent fine on the outstanding balance.