STUDENTS of Gulu University have demanded that the sh50,000 fine for late registration paid each semester be scrapped. They also called for a refund of the money to students who had paid the fee.
Meeting the vice-chancellor, Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, at the university main hall on Monday, the students asked for an explanation on how the late registration fee is spent and why they should continue paying it.
They also argued that the sh30,000 registration fee be paid by students as they join the university, saying their parents were struggling to pay their tuition.
The guild speaker, Dennis Omoya Ocitti, said the students inquired why the fee had not been accounted for.
He added that parents and sponsors had complained of the late release of exams by the university. The students resolved to pay the registration fee at the beginning of the first semester in their first year.
They said the subsequent registration should not be charged. They also demanded that feedback by the university management and council on the matter be availed to them not later than 10:00am on Friday.
Other issues discussed were power blackouts at the university and inadequate furniture. Pen-Mogi explained that collections from the late registration fee was spent on purchasing more seats.
He said he would present their resolution to the university council, which would take a decision during an emergency meeting today.
The vice-chancellor asked the students not to pay the fee until a decision is taken.
Gulu University students reject registration fee