By; Jjunju Francis
30th October 2019
The situation at Makerere University is still far from returning to normal following the university council that sat upto late last evening reluctantly accepted the students demands.
The campus has woken up to Police tear gas that has been used to disperse students who had been called for an assembly at the Freedom Square.
Makerere guild president, Julius Kateregga who had called for the assembly was also arrested and driven to unknown destination according to his vice guild president Judith Nalukwago on his way from the Kamwokya- to brief students on what transpired in the university council meeting
This come just hours after the top governing body, the university council said they had relaxed the 15 percent fees policy following the students’ protest which started on October 22nd 2019 and has stalled the university activities.
The university council in July 2018 approved the policy that sanctioned a 15 percent increment on tuition, in a phased manner over the next five years until it will achieve the 75% tuition increment said to be required to offer better academic standards like other regional universities.
In an emergency meeting with student leaders held up to late on October 29, 2019, the university council agreed to scrap the 15 percent increment from functional fees but maintained that the 15 percent fees adjustment shall continue to be applied on tuition fees for the remaining period of three years.