Make Makerere only public university - committee

Saturday, 30 December 2017
Cecilia Okoth

KIRUHURA - The Makerere University visitation committee has recommended increasing of tuition fees, in a report submitted to President Yoweri Museveni.

The committee also wants the oldest public university in Uganda turned into a sole university. In its report, it also recommends that the current Government and State House scholarships are phased out and consolidated into the existing loan scheme.

The recommendations are contained in a report that was presented to the President by the interim committee chairperson, Lady Justice Ketrah Katunguka.

Other members include Tim Lwanga, Dr Proscovia Namubiru Ssentamu, Dr Paul Musasizi, Dr Florence Muranga, John F. S. Muwanga, Dr Kisoro and Eng Lumu.

Museveni, in his capacity as visitor to all public universities in Uganda, appointed the nine-member committee to look into the affairs of Makerere University, with the view of finding sustainable solutions.

The recommendations by the visitation committee hint on issues surrounding the administration and academic performance at the university, aimed at improving the standards at the institution.

According to the report, Makerere has faced various challenges, stemming from a deficient National Higher Education strategy, poor governance and leadership, inadequate structures for engaging staff and students and the inadequate use of information technology.

The report highlights other challenges as including:

-- unsustainable funding model

-- inadequate management accountability

-- deteriorating standards

-- poor work and study environment and

-- disgruntled students, resulting into student and staff strikes and closures of the institution.

The committee presented the report to President Museveni at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district on Friday.