Prime Minister Appoints Committee To Review Makerere Fees Policy

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Tayebwa says the committee will make sure the work is accomplished within a weeks time. He says that as the chairperson of the finance budget committee of the university, he is conversant with the financial situation in the university and will work to ensure that the issues raised are addressed.

Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has named a 14 member committee to review the Makerere University fees policy. In a 17th June 2016 letter addressed to Engineer Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, the University Council Chairperson, Rugunda says the committee will among others; receive and consider the for Makerere University fees draft policy and make recommendations to the University Council.



The committee chaired by Thomas Tayebwa, the Ruhinda North Member of Parliament in Mitooma district is expected to complete its work and submit a report to the University Council before it's the next sitting in August this year. Other members on the committee include; Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy VC Finance, Charles Barugahare, the University Secretary, Alfred Namoah, the Academic Registrar, Cyriaco Kabagambe, the dean of students and Goddy Muhumuza, the acting director legal affairs.


The students representatives include; Jotham Burobuto, the Acting Guild President, Bazi Mwota, Roy Senoga, both former guild candidates and Ronah Kamirembe, the Chairperson Uganda National Students Association- UNSA, while government is represented by Elizabeth Gabona, the Director for Higher, Technical and Vocational Education at the Ministry of education and sports, Lillian Aber, the chairperson of National Youth Council and Faith Katana, the head of the statehouse education desk.


Tayebwa says the committee will make sure the work is accomplished within a week's time. He says that as the chairperson of the finance budget committee of the university, he is conversant with the financial situation in the university and will work to ensure that the issues raised are addressed.

Students of the university have had running battles with both the management and the police over the policy. The policy requires students to have paid more than half of their tuition within the first six weeks of the semester and clear the whole amount by the 12th week.
 
Privately sponsored students say the policy is unfair citing the failure by government to remit funds for its sponsored students in time. They want the policy abolished.