Details of Makerere administrators-student leaders meet emerge

Makerere University administration is not aware of any increment in graduation fees as recent social media reports have claimed, vice chancellor Prof John Ddumba Sentamu told student leaders on Wednesday.

Although Prof Ddumba denied knowledge of any fees increment, he promised to follow up the matter and inform the students.

“The university has no interest in increasing the graduation fees now or in the near future,” he told the members of the guild cabinet in the senior council room.

Last year, students went on strike after university authorities directed intending graduands to pay Shs 220,000 up from Shs 90,000 as graduation fees. The university would later withdraw the fees policy.

In the same meeting, student leaders also begged the university to extend the cut-off-date for fees payment after the expiry of the deadline requiring students to pay all fees by the six week of the semester.

Consequently, guild ministers have agreed to preach against a mass demonstrated that had been scheduled for Monday October 5, telling students that they still in dialogue with the administration.

“It is prudent that we [students] refrain from from thinking of a strike as of now and we provide room for dialogue to take place,” guild publicist Davidson Ndyabahika told students in a series of communications.

Ndyabahika added that it was “unlikely” that dialogue would fail to bear fruit.

On the issue of delayed guild funds, the administrators feed the student leaders on promises; for now guild activities will remain at the mercy of the promises that sources who attended the meeting said were devoid of commitment.