Makerere University has launched the year-long celebrations of the university’s 100 years of excellent service to humanity. On Wednesday, November 25, government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa officiated at the launch held at Makerere University Freedom Square.
He called for the scrapping of graduation fees at Makerere and all other public universities, describing the fee as a burden to students and parents.
He added that it is unfair for a student to fail to graduate. Or even get a transcript because they did not pay graduation fees.
Furthermore, he suggested that the University council embeds such fees in the tuition fees so that they don’t feel the burden directly.
Tayebwa delivered the government’s commitment to supporting scientists and researchers to enable them to improve their undertakings.
‘’The Speaker of Parliament has promised that he will support strongly that element (of research and innovations) and I will assure you on behalf of the government that we are to look at that,’’ he said.
The university’s Council Chairperson, Lorna Magara revealed that the council is embarking on a book project. She said they planned its publication as an easy-to-read and well-documented book around six broad themes.
‘’As grateful as we are of these accounts of Makerere’s rich history, we are also mindful that a lot remains to be told, especially of the modern era. We are nevertheless cognizant that a lot of scholarly work has been published about the modern-day Makerere,’’ said Magara.
She called upon all stakeholders to visit the University’s online platforms and learn how they can make their respective contributions to the project. She also said they should do this by 31st December 2021.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe also applauded stakeholders for supporting the institution. He called upon them to take a keen interest in the celebrations.
The commemoration events are running under the theme ‘’Leveraging 100 years of excellence in Building a transformational society’’.
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