On Saturday 25th June, 2016 a Consultative Meeting was held about the new tuition policy for Makerere University at the main building.
In attendance were Student Leaders and Students of the University and some members of the Administration (The Deputy Vice Chancellor i/c Finance and Administration and the University Secretary).
Among the suggestions was payment of a commitment fee of 200,000 UGX within the first four weeks of the semster and/or a fine of 50,000 UGX for whoever fails to meet the set deadline.
Further, registration must be done by the 6th week and fees in full should have been cleared by the 12th week.
On their part however, students rejected the 200,000 UGX commitment fee proposal and are only consenting to the 100% by 12th week clause.
Their views are yet to be forwarded to the University Council meeting sitting on Thursday, 30th June.
“I have been a committed Makerere student for four years now, why would I need to pay a commitment fee?” wondered Mujimba Jimmy, a Fourth Year Veterinary Medicine student.
The other section of students are concerned about the timing of the Fees Policy Consultations.
“Let the policy be discussed and passed when the students that are affected by it (the policy) are around and aware of the proceedings.”
It is however important to note that the policy is still in drafts and it is still pending approval.
The stakeholders can choose to accept or reject the policy and changes can be made as well whenever it is deemed necessary.