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MPs Oppose Makerere University Tuition Increment

However Anna Adeke Ebaju, the National female youth MP questioned the basis for the increment. She explained that Uganda cannot benchmark with Kenya when it comes to the economy, because they are quite different.

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A section on Members of Parliament have opposed the 15% tuition increment by Makerere University for new students.

Makerere University student leadership early this month recommended that the University implements a 15% fees increase instead of the initial range of 41-91% proposal by the University Council.

The University did benchmarking and established that the other Universities were paying more.

Responding to concerns of MPs on Tuesday, John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education said that the proposal should be supported by Parliament.

He said Makerere University is one of the cheapest Universities and the increment could solve a lot of financial challenges faced by the university.

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However Anna Adeke Ebaju, the National female youth MP questioned the basis for the increment. She explained that Uganda cannot benchmark with Kenya when it comes to the economy, because they are quite different.

She also said that several parents in Uganda can't afford university education.

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Abas Agaba, the MP Kitagwenda County says Makerere should give a valid reason for the increase of the tuition.

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According to Muyingo, while a student of medicine pays up to 17 million shillings in Nairobi, in Uganda it's only 2.6 million shillings, while a law student pays 6 million shillings in Nairobi compared to 2 million shillings in Uganda.

The house adjourned without resolving the matter.



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