Bukalasa College closes after strike


Miss Uganda contestants at Bukalasa Agriculture College recently


Bukalasa Agriculture College administration has resolved to close the institution after students went on strike yesterday.

Students say those doing certificate programmes are paying almost the same tuition fee of Shs 1.2m and Shs 1.3m.

They are also expected to pay a registration fee of Shs 30,000 and a commitment fee of Shs 80,000.

Angered being measure, the students took to the streets in Wobulezi town council to protest the newly introduced late registration charge and high fees.

The students who were armed with placards beat heavy Police deployment at their College Campus to descend on Wobulenzi Town Council.

They mounted blockades along the Gulu-Kampala Highway using logs and tables from roadside market paralyzing transport for over 30 minutes.

Anti-riot police led Eugene Elwaru, the Officer in Charge of Luweero Police Station to five bullets and teargas to disperse the students.

Elwaru later advised the college administration to close the institution until the matter is resolved.

Emmanuel Adengo, the academic registrar, says they are working around the clock to address the students concerns.

Back in 2013, Bukalasa staged against a new policy of all non-resident (in service) students to pay Shs 354, 000 for meals.

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