MUK Council to abolish gov’t sponsorships

Makerere University Council, the supreme governing body of the university, has passed a resolution seeking to abolish government scholarships and replace them with loans for all university students.

The University Council headed by Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem made the recommendation while responding to the 2016 Visitation Committee Report. The visitation committee report proposed that Makerere implements a diversified funding model on international best practices so as to make the university financially sustainable.

The decision reiterates the recommendation by the Higher Education Students Financing Board-HESFB to the education committee of parliament which recently recommended a policy shift on the financing of merit students at public universities and other tertiary institutions.  The HESFB executive Director, Michael Wanyama says that if only half of the Fund is relocated to the Students’ Loans and implemented in phases, the already existing fund shall be utilized by more students when re-allocated.

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