25,000 Students Stranded As Makerere University Blocks Online Registration Top story

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Sources in Makerere university claim management decided to close the online registration portal after students failed to pay 60 percent of their tuition within the first six weeks of each new semester as required by the university.

Close to 25,000 students at Makerere University are stuck following the decision by management to close the online registration portal. 

Sources in Makerere university claim management decided to close the online registration portal after students failed to pay 60 percent of their tuition within the first six weeks of each new semester as required by the university.

 
The students are expected to pay 100 percent before they are allowed to sit end of semester exams. The decision to close the online registration portal drew angry protests from students prompting them to riot.
 

Jothan Burubuto, the Interim caretaker of Makerere Guild Office says the closure of the online registration portal is unfortunate because most of the affected students are from poor families. According to Burubuto, they have advised the university to reverse the policy and at least make the students pay 100 percent in 12 weeks.


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Burobuto says the biggest problem is the slow response from the university management. He says they wrote to the management about three weeks ago about the policy, but management ignored their letter.
 

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Arafat Kamoga, the Guild Council Representative-elect for School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Science, says the decision has left many students helpless. He says by blocking the system, the university is sending the students away.
 
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Paul Wamala, one of the students says the decision by the university to close the portal was unfair. He says many students struggle to pay their own fees and pressurising them to strict deadline is like condemning them for being poor. 

He says the university is putting pressure on the privately sponsored students yet the government always faults in paying its portion in time.
 
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Emmanuel Asimwe, a guild council member wants the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ddumba Ssentamu to take responsibility for the recent riots in the university. He says on Monday, the student leadership held a meeting with the Vice Chancellor to get a solution in vain.
 
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Asimwe says the students will not relent until the university scraps the decision on tuition fees clearance.  Makerere university management is yet to respond on the allegations of blocking the online registration portal. For the last two days, the university has been involved in a string of meetings to find a solution to the problem. 

 

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