UGANDA: Council proposes 300% university fee hike

Uganda's National Council for Higher Education has designed a new fees structure for public universities, raising tuition by more than 300% for most courses, write Francis Kagolo and Siki Kigongo for The New Vision.

Under the new structure, which the council wants the government to adopt, tuition for science courses like agriculture and medicine has been hiked to between sh9 million (US$3,195) and sh10 million per year, up from about sh2 million.

In contrast, students pursuing arts courses like economics, education and information technology will pay between sh3.5 million and sh6 million a year. If adopted, the government will set a date for when the new fee structure will take effect. NCHE chairman Professor BK Kasozi said increasing tuition would help to improve academic standards.
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