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Stuck University Students Turn to Petty Jobs For Survival


A number of university students who are stuck in their hostels because of the Covid19 lock down have resorted to petty jobs for survival.

According to Polycarp Monerech, a second year student leaders at Kyambogo University some of his female colleagues have resorted to moving house to house to wash clothes for people to earn a living.

Urban Bainomugisha, a student at Makerere University Business School, says the extension of the lock-down on April 14th, 2020 prompted him to start selling vegetables in Mbuya next to his hostel to earn a living.

Shadrack Ochen, a student at Uganda Technology and Management University staying in an off-campus hostel told Mega Fm that he resorted to tailoring because he had attained some skills from a diploma course of fashion and design.

President Museveni directed the closure of all learning institutions by 20th March 2020 as part of the Covid19 preventive measures.

However, some students couldn’t make it to their home as they waited for transport from their parents before the president announced a ban on public transport.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has since directed government to quickly intervene and rescue the starving students.

In her communication to Members of Parliament on Tuesday Speaker Kadaga noted an appeal made to her office by the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) who reported that 1,750 national and international students all over the country are stranded in hostels, rentals, halls of residence and other accommodation places.

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