Kabale University Students Protest New Fees Policy

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Johnson Kahesi, the University Public Relations Officer, says the university has put a new policy as a way of improving its management. Kahesi, however, adds that the policy will affects only the new students.

Students of Kabale University are protesting the new fees policy by the administration.

Last week the University introduced a policy requiring students to pay 50 per cent of their tuition within the first four weeks of the semester. 

The same policy requires students to complete their tuition by the 7th week of the semester. It imposes a fine of 50,000 shillings for students who fail to clear tuition in time.
Students are, however, opposed to the new policy saying the University administration is inconsiderate.

Moses Niwagaba, a second year student of Public Administration accuses the university administration of changing the fees policy without talking to students to find out how they struggle to get fees.

Niwagaba says that the new policy will affect many students who come from poor families like him. 

Gloria Asiimwe, a third year student of Social Work and Social Work and Social Administration says that as students they are likely to stage a demonstration, if the university administration doesn't revert to the old fees policy.

John Bosco Muhwezi, the Guild President says that he is also troubled by the new fees policy. He vows to lead the students in rejecting the new policy.

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Johnson Kahesi, the University Public Relations Officer acknowledges that the university has put a new fees policy as a way of improving its management. Kahesi however says that the new fees policy will apply to only new students.

In the old policy, students were required to pay 25 per cent of their tuition by the end of the first four weeks of the semester. They would then be required to pay the rest by the first week of examinations, usually the last three weeks of the semester.


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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.

Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.

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