Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST has agreed to review the policy on retakes, which prompted students to strike on Tuesday.
Recently, Mbarara University introduced a policy requiring a student who fails a single paper to pay Shillings 200,000 while the one who fails three papers automatically gets a dead year.
The policy didn’t go down well students. They staged a protest on Tuesday paralyzing work at the university campus. They pitched camp at the office of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Therestine Obua demanding an explanation from him but he locked up himself in the office and declined to meet them.
After waiting for close to an hour at his office, the students took to the streets of Mbarara town with placards. Some of the placards read “We cannot pay 200,000 for retakes.” “We are no longer fools”, read another.
As a result, the university has suspended implementing the policy pending discussions with student leaders. The vice chancellor, Professor Therestine Obua, says the University has suspended the implementation of the policy to consult with the students.
Robert Nabimanya, the Mbarara District Internal Security Officer, says they held a meeting with the university administration and agreed on how best to address the concerns of the students.
He commended students for being peaceful during their strike.