Makerere University Why Uganda's oldest university will stop providing food to students

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The decision comes after survey findings

play Makerere University (Courtesy )

Makerere University will stop providing food to students in halls of residence effective June this year.

The decision was arrived at following a survey conducted by the Finance and Planning Committee of the University Council.

The university’s Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe, said over 50% of the students who participated in the survey recommended that the university gives them money to buy food.

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Meals at the 8 university residences were being provided by outside catering service providers whose contracts expire in June.

Their contracts will not be renewed according to the university dean of students.

play Makerere University Dean of Students Cyriaco Kabagambe (Courtesy)

 

The university is expected to provide UGX4,000 to each student for meals every day.

However, the chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association Dr. Deus Kamunyu has expressed concern over the UGX4,000 which will be paid to government students for food every day saying it can’t sustain a student in Kampala due to the high cost of living.

"If the phasing out of meals is the ultimate decision arrived at in consultation with government, I do not see the problem with it. I also think Shs4,000 is very little money for fully sponsored government students because the cost of living today makes it an incomprehensible figure. Contextually, cooking for students should be phased out and replaced by a student self-management programme," he said.

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