Nkumba University re-opens
Students of Nkumba University reported back to the campus yesterday under tight security.The university has been closed for almost two months following a three-day strike by students.
The students had protested the management’s decision to increase retake fees from Shs100,000 to Shs200,000 and missed paper fees from Shs20,000 to Shs100,000.
Speaking to the press at his office, the Dean of Students, David Kasasa, said all students under the day programme were supposed to pay Shs200,000 fine among other requirements to be re-admitted into the institution.
The first day of the clearing process went on smoothly with a considerable number of students turning up for the exercise with their guardians.
“There has been a low turn up of students so far being the first day but we expect a larger turn up during the course of the week,” Mr Julius Byarugaba, the guild president, said.
Meanwhile, Byarugaba also commended the students for choosing to go to court instead of resorting to violence to get their grievances settled.
“Going to court is a good move instead of striking and destroying property,” he said.
The case, which was supposed to be heard at Nakawa High Court yesterday, did not take off as expected since there was no presiding judge.
Students want a court order to block the institution from enforcing the Shs200,000 fine, among other penalities, claiming the conditions are illegal and unfair.