Allan Lokot, a government-sponsored student in his third year, argues that the allowances help them to meet costs beyond food and residence. He explains that students like him save off this money to buy handouts, basic requirements like airtime for online lectures and hostel necessities.
students at Makerere University are protesting the selective disbursement
of allowances. Apparently, only students from the School of Medicine and those under the College of
Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (COVAB) received their
allowances as of last week.
Makerere university resumed
learning activities on August 30, 2021, with online lectures for finalists. Timothy
Weere, the Guild Finance Minister informed students in a circular he issued last week that only students physically at the university should expect
to receive allowances through their bank accounts.
The students received food and living out
allowances by the end of the week as promised. Those staying in halls of
received food allowance amounting to Shillings
530,000 while off-campus students received
an additional Shillings 230,000
for their living out allowance.
However, before the money was released, government-sponsored
students through their association
asked the university to disperse the funds to all students whether or not they
attending physical or virtual lectures.
Allan Lokot, a government-sponsored student in his third year, argues that the allowances help them to meet costs beyond food and residence. He
explains that students like him save off this money to buy handouts, basic
requirements like airtime for online lectures and hostel necessities.
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Polly Nagaba, a student in year one notes that as affected
students their appeal through the dean
of students to access the money hasn’t yielded results.
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Francis Itiang, a final year Bachelor of Journalism and Communication student revealed that she struggles to secure Shillings 10,000 every week for the online lectures, unlike last time where the money was released early enough to all students.
Francis says, “at least during the previous lockdown, our
allowances were released the moment lectures started online.” Last year, when the university resumed learning
activities following an eight-month-long lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19, the government
released allowances for all students even when some had not reported for
Yusuf Waidembe, the chairperson of Makerere University
Government Students Association explains that he was informed through the
students’ dean’s office that arrangements for the rest to receive their
allowances in November were underway.