A total of 16,500 students have been admitted under the private sponsorship scheme.
Makerere University on Tuesday, July 20, 2016 released a list of 16,500 students admitted under the private sponsorship scheme, indicating a significant drop in the cutoff points across all programmes.
Some cut- off points reduced by five points. For instance the cut-off points for bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, which were the highest, have dropped to 45.8 from 50.6 last academic year. Civil engineering dropped to 44.4 from 48.8, while journalism dropped to 42.8 from 48.3
Much as one would think that the lower cut- off points would mean admission of more students; that was not the case. Only 33 students were admitted to pursue medicine, compared to 34 last year.
Makerere runs 206 undergraduate academic programmes spread across its campuses, including Jinja and Makerere University Business School in Nakawa.
Nonetheless, the decline in cut-off points and the number of students admitted could be blamed on the performance of the students in last year’s Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) Examinations.
Only 56,656 students out of the 101,268 who sat for the examinations last year scored at least two principle passes required for admission to university.
Makerere has admitted only 16,553, in addition to the 2,000 who were admitted on government sponsorship.
Of these, 15,976 were Senior Six leavers, while 120 mature age applicants.
As the shortlist was pinned on the institutions’ main notice board, a large number of prospecting students were seen walking towards the Senate Building to check for their names.