Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing has bowed to students pressure and lifted the examination registration fees deadline. The school Principal, Mark Kalanzi announced the decision in a meeting with students at the School main hall on Friday.
On Thursday students staged a peaceful strike protesting the two day's deadline set by the administration for them to clear the Shillings 120,000 registration fees to sit exams from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board (UNMEB).
The students declined to take lunch and attend lectures until their grievances are met. Now, the Guild Speaker, Stafan Katabazi says the administration has partly addressed the student's concerns by lifting the registration deadline. He however, says they are still pushing for improvement of the student's general welfare.
He says they have agreed to call off the strike and resume their ward rounds at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital as they wait for the administration to improve their meals and address other challenges they are facing.
"We are happy to receive the communication that the registration deadline has been lifted. It is a relief to many students that the registration is still open up to next week," Katabazi said.
He asked students to report back to their classes starting next week because the teaching staff has shown commitment to resume teaching on Monday.
The Guild Secretary, Joweriya Nakirijja says the administration has also responded to the students concern of poor meals by procuring a new stock of beans, maize flour and sugar.
She says that the administration has also promised to serve good meals starting with supper and special meals over the weekends.
The students says that they have accepted to give the administration benefit of doubt and accepted to call off the strike, adding that they will not hesitate to resume their industrial action if the promises made are not fulfilled.
The Principal Mark Kalanzi says that deadline for registration fees was set by UNMEB and the administration had nothing it could do except to ask students to pay in time to avoid inconveniences at the last hour.
"Issues of examination fees are not ours (school administration), but we have asked students with challenges with money to approach my office to be cleared for registration until the end of next week as we plead to the line ministry and the permanent secretary to see if the deadline can be extended," he said.
He insisted that the issue of meals should not bother students anymore because they have procured more foodstuffs. "Masaka nursing school serves a good menu because we serve rice, matooke and first class posho. I was surprised to hear poor meals as one of your concerns anyway this is going to be worked on and meals will continue improving with time," Kalanzi told the students.