Ivan Ssempijja, the Makerere University Guild President, explains that many students after being hit by economic challenges due to the covid-19 lockdown since last year will be able to keep in school if there is a 50% waiver on the fees.
The Makerere University Student guild has asked the University
Council to consider a waiver on functional fees.
According to the University Fees Structure, functional fees vary with
private students paying 860,000 Shillings while international students are
supposed to pay 1.5 Million Shillings.
Students on government sponsorship pay 18,000 Shillings for the
academic year 2020-2021 semester one.
The functional fees include registration of students, examination
fee, and development fee and university identity card among others. But the guild
argues that part of the items paid for such as the library, sports and
accommodation were not fully utilized.
Ivan Ssempijja, the Makerere University Guild President, explains
that many students after being hit by economic challenges due to the covid-19 lockdown
since last year will be able to keep in school if there is a 50% waiver on the
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Uganda Christian University (UCU), this month issued a fees
structure with functional fees reduced from 983, 000 to 618,000 Shillings.
Yusuf Kizito, a student at the School of Education supports the
guild leaders on the waiver. He explains that it has been a challenge for him
to raise money for rent. However, he says that the University may reject the
Henry Muwonge, another student pursuing education in his second
year, notes that since the pandemic last year, he has been struggling to raise tuition.
“Imagine we were locked down last year but we had to sit
examinations for which I still owe the university. This semester I had to
struggle to raise just part of the functional fees without tuition. I had to
buy data too because of online lectures. The financial burden is so high, the
University should consider,” Muwonge said.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University says
that the demand for a waiver will be presented to various committees at the
“It is our mandate to look into students welfare, this will be
looked into and thereafter we can have something concrete to say.”