Uganda: 1,400 Makerere students risk missing graduation over fees

Kampala. More than 1,400 students of Makerere University could miss out on the forthcoming 69th graduation ceremony scheduled for January over outstanding tuition balances.

The Makerere Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe told Daily Monitor in telephone interview yesterday that no student will be allowed to graduate until all the balance is reflected on their financial statements.

“Most of the students have not completed their tuition fees and they have got debts indicated on their financial statements. Until they complete their tuition, they will not be allowed to graduate,” Prof Nawangwe said.

The students in question have been given up to January 2 to clear their dues.
Unlike Kyambogo University which allowed students to graduate during their 15th ceremony last week, Prof Nawangwe vowed this will not happen for the sake of Makerere, cautioning parents and students to ensure that they clear all the dues to avoid inconveniences.

Makerere Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas

Makerere Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe

Prof Nawangwe said a total of 12,000 students have so far been cleared to graduate after fulfilling all the credentials.

Meanwhile, Prof Nawangwe said that the university is yet to publish a final list of students before printing the final booklet.

The graduation ceremony is slated to take place between January 15 to 18, 2019 at the university’s main campus at Makerere University.

The guild president of the university Papa Were called on the students not to panic since they will still receive their academic credentials after they have cleared with the university.

Other requirements
All graduating students are required to pay Shs110,000 to cater for graduation fees, certificate, transcript and convocation.

They are also supposed to pay for a graduation gown, bought at the University senate at about Shs80,000.
International students are supposed to pay $130 (Shs480,000).

By Daily Monitor

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