Government has directed Makerere University to suspend controversial policy that requires students to pay 60% of tuition by the 6th week.
In a letter dated April 10, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said the policy has been suspended on several occasions after unrest among the student community.
“This is an indication that the Policy is not workable. This, therefore, is to ask you to revoke the policy with immediate effect.
The fees will be paid by end of 12th week of semester.
This policy required students to have paid 60% of the tuition fees by sixth week of the semester, something that has often triggered strikes by students since its implementation in 2012.
Rugunda met the Makerere university council represented by head of finance committee Thomas Tayebwa, Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu and the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura on Sunday.
Rugunda directed the university council to start consultations with various stakeholders to establish mutually favourable measures in collection of the fees, and that these new measures should be put in place by the beginning of the next semester.
“Government has learnt with concern of the unrest at Makerere University over the payment policy of 60% within the first six weeks of the semester. Government has further learnt that the university council has agreed to suspend with immediate effect pending a review,” Rugunda noted.
The university administration agreed to implement the directive with immediate effect.