Makerere University has stuck on reducing Uganda’s “Advanced” level (UACE) certificate/results to just a qualification to sit the institution’s pre-entry examinations.
This in its self is a vote of no confidence in the country’s examination board UNEB, the senior secondary schools and the student themselves.
Makerere insists pre-entry exams shall be the sole criteria for admission of students on government scholarship to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) course instead of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
Mr Alfred Masikye Namoah, the university’s academic registrar, said: “The A-Level results and other relevant qualifications will determine eligibility to sit the pre-entry exams.
Government sponsorship shall be awarded on merit based on grades obtained at the pre-entry exams.”
Meanwhile the SpearTeam has learnt that the same University seeks to extend this policy to students being admitted for medicine especially the bachelor of surgery. There is possibility that private universities will copy from Makerere a thing that will render the UNEB examinations redundant and their certificates useless.
The UNEB secretary Dan Odongo has expressed dismay at this saying that it adds no value to a student. The parents will now have to pay more as they raise fees for pre-entry examinations. Yet Makerere cannot claim that their system is foolproof as reports of examinations malpractice at Uganda’s biggest and oldest institution of higher learning.