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Makerere University V.C wants allowence increment for government students



During a meeting with the Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, and the Government Chief Whip Denis Obua, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has asked Parliament to increase the food allowances of government sponsored students from the current Shs4,500 to 10,000 per day per for students.

The Vice Chancellor said this will help to match with the current economic situation in the country which has taken a toll on the students. The allowances were set over 20 years ago and they have been up by inflation, things have changed alot and these students need to budget for breakfast, Lunch and supper using the 4500 which is a little money though 20years back it was enough.

In his response,the deputy speaker Tayebwa pledged to look into the issue of funding the government sponsored students.
“When you look at Shs 4,500 given to each student, it is very little and cannot be enough for three meals a day even if one is eating a rolex or kikomando,” Tayebwa lamented.

Given the fact that the students receive little allowances,it’s also characterised by delays sometimes leading to the demonstrations in different Universities for example at kyambogo, makerere, Gulu,Must among others.

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  1. Tumusiime Remegio

    August 18, 2022 at 9:06 am

    This is very true and also in Universities like Muni that are located in hard to reach areas the standards of living are so high.

    • Bwambale Tusiime Dan

      August 18, 2022 at 9:12 am

      I pray this good spirit visits the VC of gulu University too because in gulu University it’s worse


    August 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    This is such a good proposal because some of the non residents just spend the whole amount on hostel fees,, and they are left with less or no money for food. This also affects the smooth running of university schedule

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