Makerere University and its Nakawa based business school will jointly admit only 1,481students on different programmes. The other eight public universities are yet to declare their admission lists. Usually, Makerere University admits almost half of the available slots.
Makerere University Main Building
The Public University Joint Admission Board-PUJAB concluded the selections of students who are joining universities during the 2020/2021 Academic Year, through the National Merit Government Sponsorship admissions.
least 103,000 Senior Six leavers applied for undergraduate
government sponsorship in different public universities last year. However, the
2020 UACE results indicate only 65,723 passed with a minimum of two principal
passes and would, therefore, qualify for university admission.
Makerere University and its
Nakawa based business school will jointly admit only 1,481students on
different programmes. The other eight public universities are yet to declare
their admission lists. Usually, Makerere University admits almost half of the available
Charles Sentongo, the Makerere university Deputy
Registrar in charge of Undergraduate Admissions and Records, says that although
the list is out, the university is uncertain of when the listed students
will start picking their admission letters.
“We cannot tell when the listed students will pick their
admission letters not until the lockdown is lifted or universities are allowed
to operate,” says Sentongo.
This year, the board experienced a technical glitch which
led to the crashing of the servers and eventually losing all the students'
data. The glitch coupled with the impacts of the lockdown caused a delay in
university selections which are supposed to be held in May.
The selection of all students to be admitted on
government sponsorship was done by Makerere University until 2014 when the student challenged the process in the courts of law leading to the creation of the University
Joint Admissions Board.
Besides the national merit, there are other
avenues where government sponsors students including the district quota system
which was introduced in 2004 to enable bright students from underprivileged
schools in remote communities to get a university education. There are also
special slots reserved for Persons with Disabilities and individuals who have
excelled in sports activities.