Defiant MUST Students Refuse To Attend Class over Retake Money
By Serestino Tusingwire
Students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology have vowed not to go to class again until the new retake policy is revoked.
The MUST students on Monday went on strike pressurizing the administration to reduce the re-take fee from the current Shs50, 000 to Shs20, 000.
In a meeting held on Wednesday to resolve their grievances, students vowed not to attend any more lectures until Friday when the Vice Chancellor Obua Thelestino promised them feedback.
“Senate makes resolutions on such policies so I have no mandate to remove or change the retake policy; you shall only wait for the response from the senate on Friday” Dr. Obua said.
However, on hearing this, students stressed that they are tired of the “remote Vice Chancellor” who is ever out of office. They said Obua is ever in Kampala running his other business projects.
Sankara Byaruhanga, one of the BIT students told us that the university officials utilized VC’s absenteeism to misappropriate the university funds including internship allowances.
Byaruhanga stressed that the university had a lot of issues to be addressed but the administration was not paying attention.
“We are not just demonstrating for the retake fee, but a number of issues in the university need to be addressed” Sankara said
Dr. Obua in response said the amount of money to be paid for retakes will be pronounced by the senate, but suspended the current retake policy for the mean time.
“It’s unlawful to sabotage the role of the senate; so I will wait for its response before Friday” he said