Students at Mbarara city Kakooba based campus, Bishop Stuart University has may miss out on accessing online classes and learning materials unless they and their parents bow to the university financial policy and pay 50 percent of the tuition fee.
The university’s vice chancellor officer on July 19 issued a circular directing all parents, guardians and students to pay 50 percent of the tuition fee if they were to access online learning materials and get registered.
“The purpose of this communication is to request you to pay at least 50% of the tuition fee to enable your child / our students be registered in the system and continue accessing online teaching and learning materials,” read a statement by the university VC Prof Mauda Kamatenesi Mugisha.
The said 50 percent (half of the tuition fee) is a clearance for semester 2 of the 2020/21 academic year which was cut short by the presidential directives on the closure of schools and higher education institutions to contain the possible spread of COVID-19.
Parrots UG learned that the semester commenced on June 19, 2020 a day after the presidential address on COVID-19 which seen schools and institutions close for 42 days.
BSU immediately got approval from the National Council for Higher Education to use oDeL programme to continue teaching and learning online during the lockdown.
Parrots UG has further learned that BSU students are attending lectures and doing their assessments online.