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Makerere sets date for pre-entry Law exams

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Kampala

Makerere University has set April 13 as the date on which students wishing to offer Bachelors of Laws degree in the 2013/2014 academic year will sit for pre-entry examinations. According to a communication from the Academic Registrar, Mr Alfred Masikye Namoah, eligible candidates for this set of examinations are A-Level leavers with at least 15 points (males) or 14 points (females).

Others are second class credit diploma holders, mature age applicants who have passed mature entry exams in the discipline of Bachelors of Laws for the academic years 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.

Last year, the university examined 1,600 prospective students of which 721 managed to obtain the 50 per cent pass mark. “All applicants wishing to be admitted to the bachelors of laws programme offered by Makerere University are required to take this pre-entry examination,” Mr Namoah said in a statement.

Taken to court
Last year, a group led by Ntenjeru South legislator Patrick Nsanja, dragged the university to court, saying it acted in breach of Article 21 of the Constitution when it subjected prospective students to an examination whose mode of setting, grading and marking is unknown. They also reasoned that pre-entry examinations would exclude many students who would have qualified for the course.

The university, however, reasoned that the examination was aimed at giving a chance to students who would have failed the exams set by the Uganda National Examinations Board, but rather have a high degree of comprehension and analysing situations as required by the law field.

The introduction of the examinations means that there is no more automatic admission of students with 25 or 24 points in the law programme. However, names of students who pass the Bachelors of Laws pre-entry exams are forwarded to the Public Universities Joint Admissions Board for consideration for government sponsorship.

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