The Kyambogo University Chancellor, Prof. Elly Rwakishaya Katunguka, says they will not bow down to students pressure to reverse the new internship fees. He explains that the new fee that will apply to fresh students was occasioned by the increasing cost of student supervision.
At least six students were picked up by police and locked up at Jinja Road Police Station where they were charged with inciting violence and breach of public peace, according to the Divisional Police Commander, Jackson Mucunguzi.
The students were released on police bond on Wednesday evening after their parents pleaded with police, saying they would miss tests if they are not released.
The Kyambogo University Chancellor, Prof. Elly Rwakishaya Katunguka, says they will not bow down to students' pressure to reverse the new internship fees. He explains that the new fee that will apply to fresh students was occasioned by the increasing cost of student supervision.
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According to Katunguka, the increment was supposed to only affect students who joined the 2018/2019 academic year. The disagreement followed the inclusion of continuing students in the School of Management and Entrepreneurship - SOME under the revised fees.
The university authorities insist that it is only continuing students in SOME that will be affected by the increment if they will be supervised. Students also rampaged claiming that the university had increased late registration free from Shillings 50,000 to Shillings 100,000.
But Prof. Katunguka denies the claim, saying students are just using propaganda to gain political clout for next year's guild elections.
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According to Prof. Katunguka, the students are in a mood of identifying the noisiest and radical students who will eventually be elected as guild leaders in the next semester.
"We have students who have become ringleaders to mobilise their colleagues and we are going to handle these students in a disciplinary manner and we are going to even extend to talking to their parents to make them aware about the students' behaviors," Prof. Katunguka said.
Adding that, "Some of these students have not paid their fees up to now others have not been reading and so when we solve this issue they bring other issues claiming they do not want to sit for exams. If you don't want to sit exams what are you doing in the university?
Why don't you go home?" He also partly blames the chaos on campus on the infiltration of student's community by external political actors.
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Brian Wamaniala, the Guild Speaker Kyambogo University faults the administration for communicating the internship fees increment in the middle of the semester, which he argues didn't go down well with students.
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