LDC hits new students with a 20% fees hike

Law Development Centre (LDC) main gate in Kampala. PHOTO/ FILE

What you need to know:

  • Shs6m fees: The new cost for the Bar Course for Ugandan and East African applicants

Tuition fees at the Law Development Centre (LDC) have been increased, adding to the financial burden on parents and guardians already struggling due to the cost of living crisis.

The LDC joins a long list of other institutions like public and private primary and secondary schools which have snubbed government orders and guidance from authorities to not hike their respective fees.
Established by an Act, the LDC offers practical training for legal practitioners. The institution has the monopoly in teaching the postgraduate diploma in legal practice.

The cost for the Bar Course for Ugandan and East African applicants has been increased by Shs1m from Shs5m to Shs6m.

Applicants outside Uganda and East Africa will fork an extra $600 (Shs2.3m) from $2,400 (Shs9.1m) to $3,000 (Shs11.4m).

The cost of the Diploma in Law and the Diploma in Human Rights has been maintained at Shs2.5m while the fees for foreigners have been raised from $1,750 (Shs6.6m) to $2,000 (Shs7.6m).
Prospective Administrative Officers Law Course students will have to pay an extra Shs50,000 from Shs950,000 to Shs1m.

Students repeating a failed subject will have to look for an extra Shs500,000 in the revised fees. The fees for those repeating a “compulsory subject group A” have been revised from Shs1.5m to Shs2m while those repeating compulsory subject group B and C have been raised from Shs1m to Shs1.5m.

On Tuesday, Parliament summoned the Education Minister Janet Museveni to appear before the House’s Education and Sports Committee to address issues in the Education sector. Some of the issues include school fees hikes and the salary disparities between Science and Arts teachers.

Parliament also summoned Finance minister Matia Kasaija to explain the inflated tuition and non-tuition fees charged by government-aided schools.

Although it has previously said it would come out with an instrument to guide education institutions on fees, the Education ministry has widely been seen to drag its feet on the issue. The Education Act empowers the minister from time to time to make regulations for purposes of regulating the fees payable by any school.

The LDC is due to usher in a new intake and many prospective students. Several prospective students who had shelved plans to join the bar course last year as they raise funds were left wondering how they will shoulder the Shs1m increment.

“You don’t just add [Shs]1m in a tight economy like this,” a current bar course student told Saturday Monitor.
Others accused LDC of being a “ruthless money making venture”. Another student due to join the institution accused the centre of “attempting to reduce the numbers.”