Government Forces Makerere University to Abolish 60% Tuition Policy

Makerere University on Sunday abolished the contested policy that requires students to pay 60 per cent of their tuition by the 6th week on government orders.


Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda forced the Makerere university council to revoke the controversial 60% tuition policy that has caused strikes since it was introduced in 2005.

In a letter dated April 10, 2016, the premier directed the university council to retract the policy on tuition and functional fees effective immediately.

Quoting the prime minister’s letter, the council chairperson Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem wrote to the vice chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu, informing him of the directive to stop demanding for the 60 per cent fees from the students.

He however asked the administration and the management to collect the fees and make sure that every student will have paid full tuition by the end of the 12th week (April 23, 2016)


In a letter addressed to staff and students, Prof. Ddumba said that the government was in full support of the decision and said that it was based on the students’ decision.

He urged students, sponsors, and guardians to comply accordingly so as to enable smooth administration of the institution