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70 per cent fail Makerere law pre-entry exam

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By PATIENCE AHIMBISIBWE

Posted  Wednesday, May 14  2014 at  01:00

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Education. The university will only admit 50 students on government scholarship out of the 30 per cent that passed.

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KAMPALA.
At least 30 per cent of candidates who sat for the Makerere University pre-entry exams to join their law course passed.
According to a list Daily Monitor has seen, out of the 1,818 candidates who appeared for the test, only 561 scored above the minimum pass of 50 per cent.
Of these students, the university will only admit 50 on government scholarship and the rest will reapply when the university advertises for the private admissions.

But the university academic registrar, Mr Charles Sssentongo, yesterday warned that they will only take 230 students on private scheme.
“Not everyone who scored 50 per cent and above will be admitted. We are going to consider the best students and we only need 50 students to do law on government scholarship and 230 positions will be left for students who want to pay,” Mr Ssentongo said.

Mr Ssentongo also said they have limited space and cannot accommodate all candidates who applied and passed.
There were 1,569 students who sat last year’s Senior Six exams.
Of these, 426 passed with 50 per cent.
Out of 88 candidates who applied with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines, 62 passed while diploma contributed 48 students who passed compared to 125 who sat the paper.

Mature entry
Mature entry students had 25 out of 36 students passing.
Makerere College student William Wepukhulu was the best candidate after scoring 73 per cent.

He was followed by three candidates from Namilyango College, Uganda Martyrs Namugongo and Naalya SS Namugongo who shared the same mark at 71 per cent.
Overall, urban schools enjoyed the slots at the country’s oldest institution with more schools coming from the central region.

Education officials’ take on pre-entry exams
State minister for Primary Education, Dr Kamanda Bataringaya: “There must be a law in place under which the university is acting on. But you should also remember that universities are autonomous. They have the powers to do what they think is right. I hope there is this policy which allows them and we shall ask the director higher education to explain.”

Prof Elly Katunguka, Kyambogo, University vice chancellor: “The pre-entry were introduced after some students who would come on the Uneb merit would fail to perform on the law course even when they had passed very well. I hope the tests are corrupt free and not influenced. It is time to assess the system and see whether it is producing the results it was started.”

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