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Makerere University bows to pressure, suspends fees increment after strike

Makerere University management has finally yielded to pressure and suspended its proposed fees structure following a violent strike on Monday and Tuesday that paralyzed business at the higher institution of learning.

In an April 18 letter, the vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said the decision to suspend the fees increment in the colleges of Health Science, Veterinary Medicine and Humanities and Social Sciences was taken in order to allow the input of the students’ guild.

The Makerere University letter acknowledging suspension of the proposed fees hike. (MUK PHOTO)

“This to inform you that following consultations with the chairperson Makerere University Council, it has been agreed that the new fees in the selected programmes be suspended until consulations are made with the guild for their input,” Prof Nawangwe’s letter reads in part.

The students are protesting against new policies introduced by the university administration, including, increased tuition, scrapping of meals from the halls of residences, replacement of government sponsorship with a loan scheme and the removal of evening lectures in some colleges.

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