ONLY 25 per cent of students at Kampala International University Dar es Salaam campus have paid their full fees for the semester ending February 2013.
KIU owner Hassan Bassajjabalaba said in Dar es Salaam that some dishonest students have cheated the administration by presenting forged bank receipts that show that they have actually paid their fees in full."We have cases already reported to the police involving students who have forged bank documents. We cannot run the school without payment of fees," Mr Bassajjabalaba argued saying that such students are reasons behind delays in paying staff salaries.
"Some students owe the university as much as 10m/- which is not acceptable anywhere," he pointed out while noting that over 300 students owe the university almost entire annual fees. KIU Resident Director, Kellen Karemera said that students at the university have adopted expensive life styles spending fee money while making fun.
"It's a pity that some parents actually have given their children their whole fees but unfortunately they misuse it in fun making," Ms Karemera said.Karemera also spoke against lecturers who have been sacked saying some lacked necessary qualifications while others were engaged in longstanding strikes.
"If anyone is aggrieved let them go to court, that's the best option," she noted as over 100 students gathered around the popular Liberty Square demanding that the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, visit their campus to sort out differences with school administrators.
The students said they were prevented from attending classes after the school administration demanded 100 per cent payment of fees for the semester before examinations commence early next month."Their own regulations require that we pay 75 per cent of the fees before sitting examinations which is what we are capable of doing but they have barred us from attending classes," said one of the students.
Other students demanded the dismissal of their president, Mr Peter Paul, whom they accused of siding with the administration.
"We clearly said in a circular before closing the school last month that students who don't pay school fees in full will not be allowed to attend classes," Karemera noted.
With more than 4,000 students and over 150 teaching staff, KIU is by far one of the largest private universities in the commercial capital but regular strikes by students and lecturers have recently made newspaper headlines.Research, Academic and Allied Workers' Union (RAAWU) has threatened to file a court case to dispute the sacking of over 30 members of staff who recently joined the union.