Makerere University Guild President Ivan Ssempijja has written to the University administration seeking an immediate waiver of all function fees from the students in the academic year 2020/2021.
In a letter dated July 21st, the Guild President indicated that in such a time when the pandemic is hitting everyone and that no physical lectures are being conducted, it would be deemed appropriate to have such waiver to support students learning.
He said, the Covid19 pandemic has had significant impact to the normal way of life including the mode of education. “In line with Standard Operating Procedures and relevant regulations aimed at reducing physical gatherings, the University adopted staggered presence at the premises.” he noted.
The Guild President reiterated that whereas the university set up tuition fees to cater for a semester of 17 weeks after considerations of unit costs, students were only able to be at campus for four (4) weeks and some for less time.
“Many of the items and facilities of the university that students pay for were not utilized by the same students due to the reason stated,” He says.
Ssempijja indicated that world over, students who attend their classes off campus pay much less than their colleague doing the same programs on campus.
“I write to propose a waiver on functional fees so that we clear the unfairness for students who paid for facilities and services they never used/received. Given that many students had made this financial obligation before this consideration was made, it is my prayer that that balance is carried forward as their initial deposit on their next semester tuition fees,” the Guild President stressed.
Well as the University has received the letter, none of the officers in the university administration including the Vice Chancellor and academic registrar have offered a formal response to the request.
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