The latest info coming in from Makerere University indicates that non-resident finalists of the mentioned university will have to pay UGX 145,000 to secure accommodation space in halls of residence.
This is has come as an update following the previous communication that the university will use only four halls of residence to accommodate finalists, but things have now changed.
It should be recalled that Makerere University had initially resolved to close Complex, Livingstone, Lumumba, Mitchell halls and off-campus Kabanyoro student’s hostel as one of the means to ensure the security of students, resources and proper enforcement of the Standard Operating Procedures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
According to Cyriaco Kabagembe, the Dean of Students at Makerere University, all halls of residence will remain operational following the new changes. He explained that resident students will return to their halls of residence upon reopening, adding that wardens will ensure that they are first priority.
“Wardens will ensure single occupancy room allocation to the residence. After allocating space to residents, the remaining space will be available for nonresidential finalists, both government and private, who may wish to stay in the halls.” the Dean’s communication to students reads.
The procedure of securing space in halls by non-resident finalists requires them to send their applications to the wardens of the halls. Apparently, several hostel operators have been asking students to pay money for a full semester yet they will be spending a few weeks at campus.
Despite having hopes of paying less money compared to what they would pay in hostels, some finalists still say the 145k is still high.
“The idea is good since there is unoccupied space but the charges are a bit high. This is almost half of what students pay for the whole semester yet we will here for a short period,” said Davis Buwembo, a student at Makerere.
A total of 11,000 final year students offering different programmes are expected to report at the university this weekend.