Friday May 30 2014

Central region dominates government admissions to public universities


Schools from the central region have again dominated this year’s government-sponsored admissions to the five public universities, a list released by Public Universities Joint Admission Board yesterday shows.
St Mary’s SS, Kitende had the highest slots with 170 students followed by Uganda Martyrs SS, Namugongo which will take 105 students.

Mengo SS came third with 84 students, Seeta High School, Mukono (78), Gombe SS (70), King’s College, Budo (64) while Kawempe Muslim SS garnered 54 positions.

A total of 3,000 candidates are supposed to be admitted on merit, however, according to the list released, only 2,471 have been admitted.
They are expected to report to their respective universities, including Kyambogo, Makerere, Mbarara, Gulu and Busitema in August when the 2014/15 academic year starts.

Mr Charles Ssentongo, the Makerere deputy academic registrar in charge of admissions, said the list released yesterday covers only direct and merit-based admissions.

However, there are about 1,000 slots which will be considered basing on the affirmative action, talents, district quota and people with special needs.

The government sponsors 4,000 students in public institutions annually.
“We admit students on merit. It depends on one’s performance and not the area where they come from. We have started receiving applications from students wishing to join us on private scheme,” Mr Ssentongo said.

He also warned students to be mindful of conmen as they apply.
At least 21 new science courses were introduced at Makerere after they were accredited by the National Council for Higher Education.

These include Bachelor of Optometry, Bachelor of Science in Poultry Industry and Business, Bachelor of Science in dairy industry and business and Bachelor of Science in Meat Industry and Business.
A total of 3,072 students failed last year’s Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.

Last month, President Museveni launched the students loan scheme which is expected to start this academic year.
Under the scheme, candidates from poor background will be required to apply for a loan from government to pay their tuition and this will be repaid after studies.

However, only students going to pursue science courses in Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Science with Education will enjoy the scheme.