The Ministry of Education and National Council for Higher Education
(NCHE) have said that they cannot do much about pre-entry exams in
Officials from the education ministry and NCHE had appeared before the
Education Committee on Thursday chaired by Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot to
present budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020.
During separate presentations to the committee, MPs raised issues with the
issuance of pre-entry exams especially to law students even after being graded
by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
Kalungu West MP Joseph Sewungu said that parliament has consistently objected
to pre-entry exams in various universities but these continue to be subjected
to students even passing the A-level exams.
He told officials of the education committee led by Minister Janet Museveni
that the exams have increased cases of corruption in universities and should be
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Opolot said that the pre-entry exams undermine the mandate and results issued
by the UNEB.
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Opolot together with Sewungu and Kashari South MP, Nathan Itungo
revealed that during the time for pre-entry exams, money is extorted from
students in different parts of Kampala City by people who purport to sell exams
The MPs demanded that government weighs in on the matter.
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Dr. Alex Kagume, the Acting Executive Director, NCHE said that the
admission procedure for students in university is beyond their mandate and that
pre-entry exams are carried out by professional bodies who have the mandate to
He added that NCHE works with professional bodies carrying out
pre-entry exams only on the case of accreditation of programs.
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Alex Kakooza, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary also
agreed with Dr. Kagume saying that the universities have academic freedom which
deters them from interfering with some programs.
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Universities which include Makerere University, Uganda Christian
University (UCU) and Law Development Centre (LDC) introduced pre-entry exams
for students intending to pursue a Bachelor of Laws and for graduates of law at
The Makerere University School of Medicine in 2016 also proposed to the
University Council the issue of pre-entry exams for medical graduates who are
to be enrolled as interns however their proposal is yet to be considered.