By Robert Ssemujju
Public universities vice chancellors are opposed to government strategy to have all the tuition fees collected from students deposited on a single government account in the central bank, and there after allocated to the respective public university by the finance ministry through the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS).
In a meeting convened at Kyambogo university and attended by vice chancellors from all public universities in the country, they unanimously agreed that such an arrangement can only apply in local governments not education institutions.
It’s against the above they resolved to petition the education, finance, public service ministries over the same matter so that they have their side heard and the issue at hand discussed at length.
They are very optimistic that after the discussions the policy shall be reversed to let all the public universities collect and manage their own funds without depositing them to the single account in the central bank.
The vice chancellor, Kyambogo university, professor Elly Katunguka said that the policy has highly caused financial problems that continue to befall public universities across the country including but not limited to delayed payments of staff, funding of certain activities and programs which results into endless strikes and riots.
Currently Kyambogo is said to be having a debt of over UGX.15Bn, Makerere university over UGX.20Bn.
It should be also noted that last week Kyambogo University lecturers under their association Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association KYUASA resolved to lay down their tools until their six months arrears in allowances and salaries is paid.
Once the same is implemented it will affect over 5000 students who are doing their internship since they will have no