Top secondary schools have raised their senior one entry points in the selection exercise, which is still underway at UMA multipurpose hall.
Some of the schools such as St. Mary's Namagunga girls and Namilyango College, Kings College Buddo, Gayaza high School, Mary hill Mbarara, Makerere College have set their cut off at 5 points, Ntare School, Mbarara High School, Kawempe Moslem 6 points for boys and 7 for girls, Trinity College Nabbingo 6.
Others are Kiira College Butiiki 8 points, Busoga College Mwiri, Kako SS and Bishop's SS Mukono 9 points among others. Some of the head teachers interviewed by URN justified the decision to raise their cut off points because many candidates performed well.
Speaking at the opening of the selection exercise, Rose Mary Nsubuga Sseninde, the Primary Education State Minister, cautioned schools against focusing on passing students without any survival skills.
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During the selection exercise, school heads sort out documents and copies of form X according to the intake lists issued by the ministry. The Education and Sports Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza, explains that the admissions are principally conducted on merit according to the PLE results and the order of choices made by candidates.
Schools are required to work towards 50% intake of both girls and boys into mixed schools. He cautions schools to desist from setting conditions for admissions that have monetary attachments.
"Setting other conditions for admissions to Senior One or Technical Year One for instance, conducting interviews, conditions that have monetary and other attachments whether under 90% 95% or 10 or 5% is prohibited," Alex Kakooza said.
Adding that; "Direct influence by parents and other interested parties during the exercise is not permitted." The selected students are given a grace period of 14 days from the official date of opening given for candidates to report to their respective schools.
The PS added; "Schools may admit eligible candidates to replace those who do not turn up. Replacement of the originally admitted candidates should be done in consultation with the overall chairperson of the admission committee after the grace period of 14days."