Julius Ssekatawa, the Spokesperson of Kampala University, says that they are currently admitting learners for the 2021/2022 academic year based on the fact that the main intake always places around August- September.
Nearly all private
universities are on massive enrolment of new entrants despite the fact that the
government is yet to give clear guidelines on the new Academic Year.
are targeting 68,013 of the 97, 490 candidates who successfully completed their
Uganda Advanced Level Certificate Examinations-UACE last year.
Due to the COVID-19 induced school closure,
many academic institutions have paused their academic programs pondering their
next move. This is not the case with private universities, which have embarked
on mass enrollment of learners.
Julius Ssekatawa, the Spokesperson of Kampala University, says that they are currently admitting learners for the 2021/2022
academic year based on the fact that
the main intake always places around August- September.
He says that candidates who sat
their examinations in the just
concluded national examinations are eligible for admission so long as they have
recommendation letters from their previous schools.
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Just like Ssekatawa, staff from other private universities contacted by URN also confirmed the ongoing enrollment of senior
six leavers with many expecting to conduct online
“Students completed their A-Level examinations and we are
ready to receive them. Even if the president had not allowed physical classes. We would be admitting given the fact that National
Council for Higher Education-NCHE has already approved universities to teach
using open, distance and E-learning,” A staff at one of the Kampala City-based
universities told URN on condition
Frank Obonyo, the spokesperson of Uganda
Christian University-UCU, says that they
have been receiving applications
ever since UNEB released the UACE results.
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Since the government has allowed universities to resume
physical classes effective November 1, 2021, Obonyo says that UCU is planning to prioritize
face-to-face learning for the freshers and final year students with the
continuing students remaining online.
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In normal times a student would be required to
present the Uganda National Examination
Board-UNEB pass slips or certificates, which are not yet out. Currently, universities are encouraging applicants to
share their electronic result statements from UNEB.
Many private universities argue that they have a mechanism that will allow them
to verify the results with UNEB and at a later stage, students will be encouraged
to hand in hard copies of the required documents.
Dr. Denis Mugimba, the Ministry of Education spokesperson has cautioned private universities and other
tertiary institutions against rushing to
admit 2020 senior six learners or start a new intake.
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Mugimba says that before the reopening date was
set by the president, universities had informed the ministry that they were
interested in teaching year one students so that they progress and create room
for the new cohort to prevent clogging the education system.