A section of University Vice Chancellors has rejected a demand by students for a reduction of tuition fees.
Yesterday, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe, Kyambogo University’s Prof. Eli Katunguka and Uganda Christian University’s Dr Aaron Mushengyezi met the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga following a petition by guild leaders from different public and private Universities.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo and State Minister of Finance for General Duties Gabriel Ajedra.
Recently in their petition to Parliament, the student leaders noted that final students who were allowed to report back are facing challenges of fees and that it should be reduced given that they are going to study for only two months before sitting exams.
Prof. Eli Katunguka said that by the time the universities were closed in March, students had covered 75 to 80 percent of the syllabus and were supposed to have paid all their tuition fees.
The Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo appealed for the Speaker to avail his time together with the University heads to come up with a harmonized position on the matter.
Speaker Kadaga gave universities two weeks to discuss and come up with a position and report back to Parliament.