THE POLICE yesterday dispersed students and prevented a possible riot at the Makerere Makerere University Faculty of Computer and Information Technology.
The students, who went on strike, were challenging authorities’ demand that they pay all their tuition fees before they can sit for their tests.
At about 10:00am, some of the students were blocked from entering the examination rooms, sparking off the demonstration. But it was contained in the fenced premises of the faculty.
Riotous students were manned gates, blocking their colleagues from getting out of the premises although they could allow others to get in. “We are being treated like students in a different university. Why should we be compelled to pay 100% of fees before doing exams?” asked one of the students.
Police later dispersed the students and re-opened the faculty gates.
The university regulations on fees payments state that all fees are payable in full at the beginning of the academic year or in two installments at the beginning of each semester and must be paid by the sixth week of the semester.