Makerere Drops UACE For Law Course Admission
Makerere University has announced that it will no longer rely on UACE results for admitting students to the very popular Bachelor Of Laws (LLB) course.
Instead of UACE, students will have to pass a pre-entry exam and that alone shall be the only criteria for gaining admission to study Law.
The move comes after the university realized that UACE doesn’t prepare the students for the academic demands of the Law course leading to many failures amongst students.
Alfred Masikye Namoah, the university’s academic registrar said: “A-Level results and other relevant qualifications will only determine eligibility to sit the pre-entry exams. The government sponsorship shall be awarded on merit based on grades obtained at the pre-entry exams.”
Namoah said the move to adopt pre-entry exams was reached after the failure rates at the Law school left no doubt that the wrong students were being admitted to the course.
“Our analysis over the years attributed the poor performance to poor comprehension, communication and analytical skills,” Namoah said.
To qualify to sit the pre-entry exams, students are required to have O-Level certification and at least 15 points at UACE but to get into LLB one must pass the pre-entry exam.
Degree and Diploma holders with a Second Class-Upper will also be allowed to sit the pre-entry exam. There will be special consideration for students with disabilities, mature entry applicants and graduates with other degrees.
The female students will get 1.5 points added to their UACE score. The university will also charge every applicant 80,000 for the exam. This fee will be non refundable.
Makerere gets over 2000 applications for LLB but only admits less than 300 every year.
There are reports that pre-entry exams will also be introduced for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery course.