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Nurses and Midwives Examination Board Asks Gov’t to Change Entry Points

Currently, for a student to be admitted to a nursing school, they need to have scored at least a pass in science subjects like Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus English. The board now wants the entry requirements changed so that only students with credits in science-related subjects can be admitted.
The UNWEB Chairperson Hajat Mariam Walusimbi hands over examination results to State Minister for Tertiary Education, J.C Muyingo

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The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board -UNMEB has asked the Ministry of Education to increase the entry points of students.

Currently, for a student to be admitted to a nursing school, they should have scored at least a pass in science subjects like Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus English.

The board now wants the entry requirements changed so that only students with credits in science-related subjects and English can be admitted.

According to the board, they want to increase the entry requirements to reduce on the number of students that are admitted at certificate level.

Hajat Mariam Walusimbi, the Chairperson of UNWEB says they want government to increase the entry requirements so that the nursing profession can admit learners with better grades.

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Helen Mukakarisa Kataratambi, the Executive Secretary UNWEB, says that they want to attract more senior six learners who have a better understanding of science-related subjects compared to ‘O’level students currently admitted.

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John Chrysostom Muyingo, the Ministerof State for Higher Education says that the government will consider the request.

“Our main target is to produce nurses that can be employed in the East African region. We need to offer them the best education for this to happen and as the board has asked, we shall look into it.”

According to the UNWEB 2019 results, 6,551 students sat for the examinations, out of which 6,119 students were at certificate level while 432 registered for diploma courses.

The results also indicate that 256 students passed with distinctions compared to 45 in 2018 while 246 candidates failed in 2019 compared to 432 in 2018.