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Makerere University Guild Aims to Help Students with Tuition Crisis

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In an effort to address the ongoing tuition crisis at Makerere University, student leaders have initiated the “Save a Makererean” campaign. This campaign aims to reduce the number of students who drop out due to financial constraints, specifically tuition fees.

During a media briefing at the institution, Mr. Robert Maseruka, the Guild President, emphasized the pressing issue of approximately 1,000 students annually leaving Makerere University because they are unable to cover their tuition fees and other essential expenses. He also highlighted that around 3,000 students were unable to take their exams in the previous semester due to similar financial difficulties.

The “Save a Makererean” campaign intends to provide support to students who cannot afford their tuition. The campaign will involve various activities, including car washes, fundraising walks, breakfast meetings, and dinners. These events will aim to engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including civil society organizations, companies, Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, religious leaders, and alumni, to rally support for this cause.

Mr. Maseruka urged all stakeholders in Uganda to come together and assist Makerere students. The campaign’s target fundraising goal is set at Shs1 billion, which is believed to significantly alleviate the tuition problems faced by a substantial number of students.

Mariat Namiiro, the vice guild president, emphasized that the inability to afford tuition fees has driven some female students to resort to prostitution, while male students seek financial support from older individuals. The campaign’s objective is to provide the necessary financial aid to help such students pursue their educational dreams and prevent these unfavorable situations.

The university’s academic registrar, Prof Buyinza Mukadasi, expressed his support for the campaign, provided it is executed within the university’s established structures and with proper control and balance systems to prevent misuse. Prof Buyinza also disclosed that the university has approved a “student work employment scheme” to assist economically disadvantaged students in raising their tuition fees. Under this scheme, students can apply to their respective deans, who will verify their needs and, upon approval, provide students with work opportunities that can be monetized to cover their fees.