Rattled by a one- day students’ strike, Bukalasa Agricultural College, in Wobulenzi, has suspended the controversial meal fees that triggered the violent strike last week.
All non-resident students had been asked to pay Shs 354,000 for lunch and supper beginning this semester. The students rioted after 200 non-resident students were suspended for refusing to pay.
The striking students argued that the fee, charged on top of the Shs 776,000 tuition fee, was too high. Although the order to pay came last semester, students had never paid it, arguing that the food served at the college was poor.
College officials, led by Principal Christine Anyait, stuck to their guns, arguing that the policy was aimed at blocking some unscrupulous non-resident students from fluking the meals without paying.
Last week, police fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of striking students.
However, last Friday, a meeting involving the ministry of Agriculture, called by Luweero RDC Paul Lubowa, ruled in favour of the students. The meeting ruled that the college administration blocks all students who fluke the meals without paying for them and allow the rest to attend classes without paying the fee.
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