University Student Leaders Petition President Museveni over Tuition Fee Increase

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Student leaders from the six public universities in Uganda have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni to reverse a decision to increase their tuition fees. Jackson Odongo, the guild president of Gulu University, says the petition was drafted and presented at Makerere University over the weekend. He says the students were angered by the 40 percent rise in fees, complaining that it was too high and the increase was poorly timed, given the current economic situation. Odongo adds that many new students have admission letters that do not reflect the new rates and so many of them may be locked out of school for failing to raise the tuition. The 28 representatives at the meeting from Makerere University Business School, Gulu University, Mbarara University, Makerere, Busitema University and Kyambogo University signed the petition. //Cue in: iWe petitioned the #i Cue out: i# had no fees structures.i// The Gulu guild president warns that if the fees increment is not scrapped, it may cause general unrest among the students across the country. //Cue in: iWe are also #i Cue out: i# to avoid such unrest.i// Geoffrey Lamto, the Academic registrar, Gulu University has said the increase was long overdue. He says it corresponds with the current inflation rate in Uganda.


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