About 1,500 candidates sat Makerere Universities’ law pre-entry test at the weekend, with high failure rates expected if previous results are anything to go by.
The results are expected at the end of the week. However, some of the focus has settled on the number of schools sending students to the law school at Makerere. Last year, some 455 students from only 165 schools (out of about A-level 2,000 schools) managed the 50 per cent pass mark in the pre-entry test that was done by 1,785 candidates.
Even when the pre-entry exam has seen a few more schools send students to the coveted law course, many schools still miss out, and some districts may take years to send a learner to the law school.
More shockers will be expected with “big schools” under pressure to defend “their good grades”. Last year’s stinker came from Bushenyi’s Valley College where only one student passed the test compared to 24 who had scored at least 50 per cent at the previous sitting.
The last three sittings also reveal increased interest in the law course yet the university can only admit about 300 students every year.
Even if more candidates pass Saturday’s test, their fate will lie with the Joint Admissions Board which will choose less than 100 that will qualify for government scholarships and the rest of the students (privately sponsored) that will be part of a slim class of about 300 learners.
The pre-entry exam, also a criterion for admission to the law programme at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, assesses skills and knowledge on comprehension, analysis,communication and contemporary issues.
The fourth cohort sitting the test includes male students who scored a minimum of 13 points and females that got a minimum of 12 points in any combination at the 2014 A-level sitting.
It also includes candidates who sat before 2013, who are required to have scored 14 points (females) and 15 points (males). Competition for the few slots will also come from diploma holders, mature-age applicants and degree holders from all disciplines. Each applicant also parted with Shs 80,000 as application fee.
Source : The Observer