KAMPALA- Although fewer students at A-level offer science subjects and later pass them, courses continue to be highly competitive in institutions of higher learning.
This has been reflected in Makerere University’s cut off points for private admission released yesterday.
For instance, a student who wishes to pursue Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering will need 47.4 cut off points against last year’s 46.2.
Bachelor of Architecture cut off points have been raised to 46.7 from 45.6 last year, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (46.1).
However, weights for Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery students have been lowered from 49 to 45.3.
Although more students do Art disciplines, their cut off points are much lower than those of their counterparts in the science courses.
They have as low as 11.4 cut off points. Bachelor of Journalism and Communication is one of the arts courses with the highest cut off points at 43.9 followed by business courses like Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (41.5) and Bachelor of Catering and Hotel Management (40.2).
Issuing admission letters
Mr Charles Ssentongo, the deputy academic registrar in charge of undergraduate admissions yesterday told the Daily Monitor that students wishing to pursue their degrees at the country’s oldest institution on private scheme should start picking admission letters on August 4.
He said their academic year will begin as earlier scheduled on August 16.
However, he cautioned students to pay 60 per cent of tuition for their respective courses including functional fees.
“First year students should pick their provisional transcripts on August 4 and ensure they pay 60 per cent of tuition and the functional fees immediately. The semester is still as scheduled,” Mr Ssentongo said.
While releasing the cut off points for government sponsored students in May, Mr Ssentongo told the Daily Monitor that because of limited space and equipment in the institution, they were unable to accommodate all the students who apply for science courses.
As a result, the weights of these courses go up in order to admit few students whom they can easily facilitate in the teaching and learning.
“We know few students do sciences but we also don’t have space to accommodate them at university. The points were raised because we want to take on few because the facilities are few,” Mr Ssentongo said.
A total of 18,627 students have been admitted to do their degrees on private sponsorship while 1,327 candidates will be on diploma courses in the institution’s various outlets of Jinja and Fort portal districts.