Kampala. More than 2,000 students from across the country are today set to sit the Makerere University Bachelor of Laws (LLB) pre-entry exams.
Students, who scored 15 points and above in the A-Level exams in either Arts or Sciences, are eligible to sit for the exams, which started with the 2012/2013 intake, after paying Shs80,000 non-refundable fee.
Other groups that will be considered include diploma holders with Second Class-Upper, persons with disabilities, sports category, graduates and mature age applicants.
The pre-entry exams are sought to test the students’ logic, reading, comprehension, language, numerical, general knowledge and analytical writing skills.
Those who will have scored 50 per cent will be admitted to the university. Officials from the School of Law declined to say what number of students they would admit out of the 2,000, arguing that they would only be able to comment after the exams.
Earlier, the academic registrar, Mr Alfred Masikye Namoah, said the decision to admit students after pre-entry exams was reached after analysing the causes of the high failure rates at the Law school.
“It was noted that pre-entry examinations would yield significant improvement in predictability. An analysis of LLB results over the years attributed the poor performance to poor comprehension, communication and analytical skills,” he said.
Mr Namoah also told this newspaper that the pre-entry exams would be the sole criteria for admission of students on government scholarship to the Law course instead of the A-Level results.
“The A-Level results and other relevant qualifications will determine eligibility to sit the pre-entry exams. The government sponsorship shall be awarded on merit based on grades obtained at the pre-entry exams,” he said.
On average, Makerere University has been receiving more than 2,000 applicants for the pre-entry exams and yet the university can only admit 300 students per year.
In last year’s exams, students who obtained more than 60 per cent in the pre-entry exams got the government scholarship.