Soroti Nursing School Students Decry Differing Fees Structure

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The first admission letter had shillings 1,359,000, the second 1,531,500 shillings and last had 1,566,000 shillings.

Students of Soroti Comprehensive Nursing School have decried the differences in the fees structure. They claim that in October, November 2012 and January 2013, the school issued three different admission letters containing different fees structures.  The admission letters seen by Uganda Radio Network were duly signed by Paul Wakaato Wanzala, the school Academic Registrar..

The first admission letter had shillings 1,359,000, the second 1,531,500 shillings and last had 1,566,000 shillings. The most affected are 21 first year privately sponsored students. Some of the students interviewed by our reporter on condition of anonymity for fear of being reprimanded by the authorities say they paid according to the fees structure on the admission forms they received.
They also claim that despite paying medical fees, they are issued with letters to access free treatment at Soroti Regional referral Hospital. They also claim that they are made to pay for surgical and disposal gloves yet they use the ones supplied by government. Celina Bako, the Principal Soroti Comprehensive Nursing School has declined to comment on the differences in the admission letters.

But a junior staff who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says that the anomaly was detected in March when students submitted bank slips with varying fees. It is not clear, how the management of Soroti Comprehensive Nursing School will resolve the anomaly.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.