Makerere University students have forced University administrators to release their internship allowances amounting to more than Shs195million.
This came after a bloody strike on Friday last week, where irate students went on strike express anger as result of the University’s failure to release internship allowances on time.
To end the strike, University management agreed to release money for students who hadn’t received internship allowance by end of today (Monday).
“The office of the University bursar is working overtime to ensure that by closer of business on Monday every student is cleared in regards to internship allowances as i still encourage all those who have not yet received internship allowances to keep on sending in their details(students name, students no, registration no, account no, bank and college) to my email address [email protected] or contact 0773806106 or pass by the guild offices and submit them,” H.E Bala David, Guild President informed students after the strike.
Subsequently, guild Information Minister Hon. Davidson Ndyabahika aka Rutagatsa Rwa N’yamukaikuru availed himself throughout the weekend and today (Monday) to take details of students who haven’t received money.
“My office was opened at the weekend Saturday, Sunday and even up to now to cater for students who had not got their internship allowances. We have received lists of different batches the university has released the money. We help students go through them and check. In case they don’t find their names and details, we allow them register and we take the details to the accounts office for emergencies,” Hon Davidson told Red Pepper
He added; “In case some do not get their money, we shall not relent. The struggle continues. We ask the administration to respect students and their leaders. Imagine we asked them way back before we did our exams and it’s the same thing we are handling now.”
Each student doing internship is entitled to Shs378,000
So far, as result of the strike, the University administration has released three batches
Batch 3 which has had 266 students and that is 99,858,000 shillings.
Batch 4 which has 214 students and that is 81,336,000 shillings.
Batch 5 which has 202 students and that is 14,364,000 shillings