The desire to join University is a drive most children have after Secondary Six, however, given that it is expensive by many family standards, children end up risking when their parents at time do not have the ability to foot the bill more so given the University deadlines.
I am of the opinion that if Uganda gets a Government apart from the one of President Museveni, there should be a strategy to advise parents prior to their children risking to join University when their parents will not be able to foot the bill and in time.
It is the poor cash flow of a number of children given their backgrounds that is the engine behind the strikes and threats to fight because of the fees deadlines. If a parent is okayed to have his child in for private sponsorship, the child should be able to sign a document that he will have to observe the set terms of the scheme, hence involvement in striking should call for dismissal.
An example of the deadlines am talking about is clearly stated below:
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University reminds all students that the University Council at its 132nd meeting agreed that registration should be delinked from payment of fees and that all students (government and privately sponsored) should register within the first two (2) weeks of each semester.
This is, therefore, to remind the students’ community that Management agreed that registration for Semester II, 2014/2015 Academic year which officially started on Monday 9th February, 2015 at the respective Colleges/Schools, will end on Friday 20th February, 2015. The Fees Policy clearly states that all students should have paid 100% tuition and all functional fees by the end of the 6th week of the Semester. Since tuition and other University fees are due on the first day of the Semester, students are encouraged to pay their fees from the first day of opening. However, Students who may not have paid fees should go ahead to register and be invoiced.