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Mbarara University Drops Contested Retake Policy

Francis Amato, the President of government-sponsored students at Mbarara University, says the decision is welcome since many students couldnt afford paying for the retakes because many of them are struggling to survive.

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Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST has rescinded a new retake policy following protests by students. The new policy would require students with a single retake paper to pay Shillings 200,000 while those with two papers would automatically get a dead year.

The new retake policy prompted students to stage a strike on Auguts 23rd during, which they held their vice chancellor, Threstine Obua hostage in his office until he was rescued by police.  Following the strike, the university management decided to cut the retake money to Shillings 50,000 per paper but it was rejected by students.

Now, the university has decided to reduce the money further to Shillings 30,000 for each retake paper. Denis Lukaaya, the MUST Public Relations Officer, says the decision to reduce the money was taken following a series of consultations with the administration and student leadership.

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He however, says although the retake policy has been revised, students must strive to ensure their academic transcripts are not tainted by retakes.

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Students have welcomed the revision of the retake police. Francis Amato, the President of government-sponsored students at Mbarara University, says the decision is welcome since many students couldn't afford paying for the retakes because many of them are struggling to survive.

Moses Mbogo, another student says a retake is enough punishment to a student, adding that imposing hefty charges is like adding salt to an injury.

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