The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has had a hit on the education sector. The pandemic, because of the destruction it has had on people’s incomes, has also made it hard for people to afford education.
And in a reactionary move, the management of Victoria University Monday announced a 50% discount on tuition fees as a response to the devastation the COVID-29 pandemic has had on the education sector in Uganda.
The discount which commences September this year will benefit new and continuing students, including non-Ugandan students. The discount will affect all courses offered at the university.
The university directors Sudhir and Rajiv Ruparelia while addressing the press conference to announce the discount emphasized the need to make education affordable and accessible.
“The decision was taken to reduce the fees because of the global pandemic that has come in. We believe that quality education should be affordable to Ugandan students. The current economic situation is not good and we have used his opportunity to give back to the society by reducing our fees," Rajiv said.
“This pandemic is not only for today, it will be here for the next 2 to 3 years so the fees structure will remain stable for long time to come and we will review it in consultation with students’ body, university council and the market but I don’t see us raising fees for the next 2-3 years” Dr Sudhir noted.
The Chairman of Victoria University Council, Atike Matovu said that the University made a decision to reduce the fees structure to ensure continuity of learning by the students at affordable rates.
“University ought to make sound and bold moves to ensure learning continues and thus cut on tuition. Victoria realized that quality education should be acceptable by all and therefore has taken a drastic positive step,” he said.
The acting Vice Chancellor, Victoria University, Bill Nkeeto noted that in order to foster innovation and create a positive social and economic impact, the reduction in the cost of education is a tailored made support to government efforts of building a better society post COVID19.
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