A section of Makerere University alumni have cried out to President Museveni to reign in on the situation at Makerere University before it gets out of hand. This is after, for the first time in close to two years, Makerere students went to strike over the cumulative tuition policy.
The alumni argue that Makerere University is the centre of academic freedom and free speech in the country and that students should not be suspended for merely disagreeing with the vice chancellor.
“As Makerere alumni, we don’t condone the use of military force against students’ peaceful demonstrations. Increasing tuition without increasing utility is against everything the students are studying in economics and management.” The alumni cried out.
Students of Makerere University were yesterday and today involved in running battles with the Police over the tuition policy at the university which calls for a 15% increase in tuition every year for five years.
At the end of five years, a student will be paying 75% more tuition than was being paid in their course 5 years before. The students argue that it doesn’t favour the poor privately sponsored students that would under normal circumstances attain an education at the Ivory Tower.
The vice chancellor has since suspended two of the ring leaders and warned several others including the guild president Julius Kateregga who earlier this morning was arrested along with the Guild Speaker.