Students have since October 22 been protesting a 15 percent fees increment policy sanctioned on both tuition and functional fees by the university council in July 2018.
However, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said this semester will not be extended despite the ongoing students’ protest against fees increment.
In a meeting between the student leaders and the council, management resolved to scrap the 15 percent increment on functional fees for the remaining three years but maintained the 15 percent fees adjustments on tuition for all the new students who wish to join Uganda’s oldest and biggest public university.
Students resumed the protest on Wednesday chanting ‘Fees must fall’ on grounds that the council’s decision was still unfair to the new students.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Prof Nawangwe said despite the isolated demos and riots, most of the University activities continued normally although the rioters managed to disrupt a few classes.
According to him, the situation on campus is gradually normalizing calling upon all students and staff to resume classes immediately. Security for those carrying on with their duties will be provided. Examinations will commence as planned on 18th November 2019 and there will be no extension to the Semester,” Prof Nawangwe’s statement reads
Due to the Ongoing Protests at Uganda’s Oldest Institution, a section of Legislators have also called for the resignation of Prof Nawangwe following the protracted student strike and subsequent ‘brutal’ arrests of students by the military.
Despite Presidential Orders to have Military Withdrawn from the University, Military men have gone ahead to brutalize Journalists and Students.