STUDENT’S STRIKE EXPOSES CORRUPTION SCANDAL AT GULU COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

BY WALTER KUMIRA

GULU: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21, 2021

The recent alleged strikes of students of Gulu College of Health Science in Pece Laroo Division in Gulu City, has exposed the school administration into corruption scandal activity which has been happening undercover at the school.

On the 8th of this month, in the morning hours, Police in Gulu Central Police Station commanded by Joseph Mumbere, the acting DPC of Gulu CPS, used teargas and sticks to disperse students of Gulu College of Health Science for allegedly involving into strike over increment in tuition fees and mistreatment from some tutors.

According to the circular issued out to students by the school authority during the reopening of the school, shows that, Diploma Students under Government Sponsorship would pay shillings 1.47 Million from shillings 1.27 million while private sponsored students would pay 2.5Million from Shillings 2.077million which is much higher than the fees being paid by the medical students from Mbale and Fort Portal Clinical schools respectively.

Saul Nasasira, the Guild President of the school, says their colleagues from Mable and Port Portal Medical Schools are paying 1.8 Million Shilling and 1.6 million Shilling as tuition fees respectively meaning students from Gulu College of Health Science are paying excess of 700,000 Shilling and 900,000 Shilling compare to the two schools.

Nasasira further explained that each student from his school is also paying 200,000 Shilling and 50,000 Shilling for Sanitizer and DSTV respectively on top of the tuition fee per semester.

Nancy Adong, the Deputy Guild President of the school, said the school has been collecting a total of 189,400,000 Million Shilling and 47,350,000 Million Shilling for Sanitizer and DSTV monthly subscriptions per semester from 947 students in the school.

Jean Babalanda, the Principal of the school, On the other hand, denied making any changes in the fee structures, adding that she has inherited the mesh from her predecessor who passed away this year.

 

Rt. Hon. Betty Aol Ocan, the Woman MP for Gulu City who also doubles as the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, wonders why students should pay 200,000 shilling and 50,000 shilling for Sanitizer and monthly subscriptions for DSTV yet there are only two TVs in the school.

Simon Wokorach, the MP for Aswa County in Gulu District, said something is not going right because why must students from Gulu College of Health Science pay much higher than their colleagues from other Medical schools yet they are all government aided.

Members of Parliament from Acholi sub-region under their umbrella body Acholi Parliamentary group, ask the Ministry of Education and Sports to investigate the matter and reopen the school.

The school up to date remains closed despite numerous outcry from the concerned citizens, and members of the public to have it reopen as some students who could not make it back to their home districts due to long distances are languishing in the various streets of Gulu city seeking for shelters.

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