Thirteen students from Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery have been suspended for leading a violent strike. The students were protesting what they call increased examination fees. The students went on strike last week. The students stoned the new skills laboratory building and smashed glasses.
The students went on strike last week. The students stoned the new skills laboratory building and smashed glasses.
The students were protesting payment of 75,000 shillings examination fees. The group say that they are only meant to pay 20,000 shillings.
But the school principal Betty Pacutho Angujero says the students are required to pay more because they failed some examinations and have to redo them in the new academic year. She explains that the 75, 000 shillings examination fee covers their retakes as well as registering for the new year.
Pacutho also says the examination fee money is for the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Examination Board (UNMEB) which is the examining body and not the school. She also showed journalists a UNMEB circular which indicates the registration fees.
The suspended students include Daniel Jurugo, Allan Urwothwun, Fred Mugwano, Esther Asaku, Ketty Kateme, Denis Walugembe and Ali Jamal. Others are Ritah Abigaba, Martin Taremwa, Fred Wonyaka, Ronald Arinaitwe, Abdul Hamid Wamuteko and Aziz Muyinda.
The students were directed to return to school on August 19, together with their parents.
Meanwhile URN has learnt that deadline for registration was July 31. Pacutho says the students who register after the deadline pay a 50 percent surcharge.
Meanwhile the incident has prompted management to resolve that no students with examination re-takes will be allowed to continue anymore. The suspended students will only be allowed to register if they pay the 75,000 shillings late registration surcharge and must have cleared their school fees.