Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa has been named by government as head of the newly constituted committee to review Makerere University’s controversial new fees policy that led to a number of violent student strikes early this year.
In a June 17 letter to Dr Charles Wana-Etyem, who is Makerere University Council chairperson, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, said the team to review the policy includes Tayebwa, Vice Chancellor, Prof Ddumba Ssentamu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe, University Secretary Charles Barugahare, Academic Registrar Alfred Namoah, Dean of Students Cyriaco Kabagambe and acting director legal services Gody Muhumuza.
Rugunda also listed students and government representatives on the new committee.
According to his letter, government is represented by the commissioner for planning in the Education ministry, Elizabeth Gabona, National Youth Council chairperson Lillian Aber and State House’s head of education desk Faith Katana.
Meanwhile, the students will be represented by four people including the two contenders in the disputed guild presidency, Bazil Mwotta and Roy Ssemboga, guild speaker Jotham Burobuto and the president of Uganda National Students Association, Ronah Kemirembe.
The new fees policy comes on the backdrop of a myriad of students’ strikes at least every year at the country’s oldest and largest public university over either tuition increment or deadline for payment.
The students went on strike again in April, bringing work to standstill for a week, which forced the government to direct the university administration to reverse the 60 per cent fees policy.
The policy required students to have cleared 60 per cent of tuition by the sixth week of the semester before they can be allowed to register, submit course- work and sit for tests.