By our reporter
Students at Makerere university armed with sticks, placards , metals have today protested over the new tuition policy that was passed by the university council which requires students to have cleared 60% of his or her tuition fees within the first eight weeks in the semester.
Police and students were engaged in running battles, firing tire gas but students insisted saying they were fighting for their rights as well as their parents who dig into their pockets to pay millions of shillings to the university.
The students said that the disastrous policy will fuel students drop out at the institution as witnessed in their petition to the university vice chancellor, Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu where over 4080 students missed part of their exams and 500 dropped out due to the policy last semester.
Mean while the university vice chancellor. Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu maintained that students will have to pay the stipulated 60% since the university council passed it.
Last week the students petitioned parliament demanding for the scrapping of the unfair fees policy that requires full payment of their tuition in the first six weeks of the semester before they can do any coursework and examination.