Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST has refused to bow down to pressure from students to account for 40 million shillings meant for internship. More than 2000 private students have been demanding for accountability for the shillings 100,000, which they paid each for field attachment since Friday last week.
The students closed lecture rooms to compel the university administration to account for the field work money. Vienna Agaba, a second year students of Bachelor of Business Administration said that despite paying the money, they have never been taken for any field work. He claimed that their money is instead used to facilitate the field work for government sponsored students.
Vincent Mucunguzi Rwampakani, the leader of the aggrieved students says they have made several attempts to talk to the university administration to address their concerns in vain. Mucunguzi says that when they threatened to strike last year over the money Fredrick Kayanja, the MUST vice chancellor pleaded for calm and promised to address the matter but to date no accountability has been given.
The university administration has dismissed the students demand for accountability. Denis Lukaaya, the MUST public relations officer says the students demand for accountability is not genuine and will not be listened too by the administration. He says the money the students are claiming for is not there’s but meant to facilitate lecturers who supervise students doing field work.
Lukaaya says the university is only mandated to facilitate government sponsored students to do field work and not private students. MUST has 3,000 students, 760 are sponsored by government while 2,240 are private.