Makerere students demand internship allowances

The guild president says students had been caught in halls of the house for 3 weeks now due to the fact they have no longer but obtained any money from the university to facilitate their internship.

Makerere university scholar guild has demanded the University to provide government students their allowances supposed to facilitate their internship and recess time period.

All government students doing an internship and those on recess term are entitled to internship and recess facilitation

Addressing journalists on the university guild places of work, the guild president Julius Kateregga said the failure to provide the price range in time had hindered students’ academic development and exposure inside the area of studying.

He stated students had been caught in halls of the house for 3 weeks now because they’ve now not yet received any cash from the university to facilitate their internship.

He added that some students on recess time period had no meals for four weeks now due to the fact the college had now not given them the money.

He in part blamed this at the government pronouncing that all the cash collected by the college is managed by the authorities which it had to retrieve in time of want.

According to Judith Nalukwago, the guild vice chairman each government scholar on recess is entitled to sh4500 each day for food which sums up to over sh300000 each month.

Nalukwago said a few students, in particular, those with internship placements in Kampala have been facilitating themselves in anticipation of the budget from the University.

Nalukwago who is also a clinical pupil said students on the College of Health Sciences (CHS) had now not but gone to their internship placements due to the fact they’d now not but received facilitation from the university.

She stated maximum in their placements had been a ways away from the Kampala and required facilitation for them to move.

“How do you expect me to go to Abim some distance away within the north without proper facilitation yet am supposed to pass and provide services, analyze and do research,” she stated

She discovered that the university had promised to present them their facilitation fees amounting to over 280,000 per scholar by way of the end of this week.

New tuition policy
Makerere University college students’ guild additionally contested in opposition to the government’s new coverage on training series in all public universities.

This comes after directive authorities exceeded in April this 12 months ordering Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to accumulate lessons for all public universities in the united states of America.

Recently the Ministry of finance raised worries about the abuse of training expenses by using public universities pronouncing a few universities below declared prices than the real costs paid by college students.

Kateregga stated the government was aiming at crippling the University’s performance and independence.

“Universities have a proper to self-autonomy. The goal of the presidency is to turn Makerere into a primary faculty,” frustrated Kateregga said

He added that the flow by means of the government to have URA acquire lessons costs turned into absurd due to the fact the authorities are meant to seek advice from each stakeholder within the University.

Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu the college supervisor of communications and global family members stated they have been aware of how college students were suffering from the postpone in reminting facilitation funds for internship and recess.

He said the university had no price range but have been now certain that they have been going to receive a budget from the ministry of finance.

“The university control has engaged the ministry of finance and cash to facilitate all students and academics is going to be reminded,” he stated

He additionally commented on new government lessons policy announcing it turned into bulky. However, he said the college was enticing the accountable authorities to provide you with higher answers.