Victoria University in Kampala has painfully agreed to slash tuition fees to help ease financial pressures on students and their families sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes after several complaints from students and parents affected by the damaging economic impact of COVID-19. Schools in Uganda all shut their doors to mitigate the spread of the novel virus and set up distance learning to continue the academic year.
According to a source at the Kampala road based varsity, the management has agreed to revise the fees structure on all courses by 50% for existing, returning students and new students going forward.
When contacted, Mr Rajiv Ruparelia one of the university directors said that the university management came up with measures to help parents because of being constrained financially by the corona virus pandemic- adding that the student community and the general public will be informed about the new fees structure in due course.
The university recently set a bar so high by rolling out free e-learning to help students complete their classes which were cut short by the COVID- 19 outbreak. The University Vice Chancellor Dr Krishna Sharma said the university is ready to commence online teaching adding that all the issues raised in the guidelines by National Council of Higher Education have already been in place at Victoria University and that the online classes will be conducted at a free cost while those who will not be able will be provided with printed contents for self-study.