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    University Entry Points For 2020/2021 UACE Students For Various Courses…

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    Universities are likely to raise their entry cut-off points for first year students slated to join for the 2021-2022 academic year intake.

    Mr. Ssentongo, who heads admissions at Makerere University said in an interview that the cut-off points always fluctuate every academic year depending on the performance of students in the Uganda Advanced Certificate Of Education (UACE) exams.

    He added that since candidates who sat for the 2020 UACE exams performed better than those who sat for the 2019 UACE, their cut-offs points will automatically be hiked for some of the courses.

    “The university does not hike or reduce the cut-offs. This is done depending on the performance of the students each academic year,” Ssentongo  noted.

    Speaking to Prof. Eli Katunguka, the Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, he said since students performed better in the 2020 UACE exams, the cut-off points will automatically be hiked.  He added that Kyambogo would want to reduce failure rates.

    “Previously the University has been taking students with low points and we have been having higher failure rates,” Prof. Eli noted.

    PROGRAMME CODE CUT-OFFS
    B. of Business Admin ADM 47.9
    BSc in Agric. Eng AGE-F 40.3
    BSc in Agric. Eng AGM-F 49.2
    B. of Agribusiness Mgt. AGM-M 44.1
    BSc in Agriculture AGR-F 40.1
    BSc in Agriculture AGR-M 43.5
    B.of Architecture ARC-F 47.9
    B.of Architecture ARC-M 50.5
    BSc.in Agriculture Land Use and Mgt. BAM-F 36.6
    BSc. In Agric.Land Use and Mgt. BAM-M 37.9
    B. of Animal Production Tech. and Mgt BAP-F 41
    B.of Animal Prpduction Tech. and Mgt BAP-M 43.6
    B. of Agric and Rural Innovation BAR-F 40.6
    B. of Agric and Rural Innovation BAR-M 41.3
    BSc in Biomedical Eng. BBI-F 47.7
    BSc. In Biomedical Eng. BBI-M 50.6
    BSc in Bio-Processing Eng. BBP-F 41.9
    BSc in Bio-Processing  Eng. BBP-M 45.8
    BSc in Business Statistics BBS-F 47.4
    BSc inBusiness Statistics BBS-M 47.7
    BSc in Bio Tech BBT-F 42.1
    BSc in Bio Tech BBT-M 43.6
    BSc in Conservation Biology BCB-F 34
    BSc in Conservation Biology BCB-M 36.5
    B. of Community Psychology BCO 47.4
    B. of Arts in Drama and Film BDF 47.2
    B. of Dental Surgery BDS-F 44.2
    B. of Dental Surgery BDS-M 46.7
    B. of Environmental Health Science BEH-F 43.2
    B.of Environmental Health Science BEH-M 44
    BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture BFS-F 36.9
    BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture BFS-M 41.8
    BSc in Industrial Chemistry BIC-F 44.3
    BSc in Industrial Chemistry BIC-M 48.5
    B. of Industrial and Organisation Psychology BIP 50.4
    BSc in Medical Radiography BMR-F 38.1
    BSc in Medical Radiography BMR-M 44.8
    BSc in Meteorology BMT-F 43.6
    BSc  in Meteorolgy BMT-M 46.6
    BSc in Forestry BOF-F 43
    BSc in Forestry BOF-M 43.7
    BSc in Petroleum Geoscience and Production BPG-F 49
    BSc in Petroleum Geoscience and Production BPG-M 52.2
    BSc in Population Studies BPS 46.9
    B. of Optometry BPT-F 44.1
    B. of Optometry BPT-M 46.3
    BSc in Quantitative Economics BQE-F 46.9
    BSc in Quantitative Economics BQE-M 46.5
    B. of Recrds and Archives Mgt- Arts BRA-A 48
    B. of Recrds and Archives Mgt- Science BRA-S 43.3
    B. of Biomedical Sciences BSB-F 43.2
    B. of Biomedical Sciences BSB-M 46.5
    BSc in Speech and Language Therapy BSL-F 38.3
    BSc in Speech and Language Therapy BSL-M 40.8
    B. of Sports Science BSP-F 37.8
    B. of Sports Science BSP-M 40.6
    BSc in Software Eng. BSW-F 49.1
    BSc in Software Eng. BSW-M 50.9
    BSc in Tourism and Hospitality BTH 44
    B. of Environmental Science BVS-F 39
    B. of Environmental Science BVS-M 39.2
    BSc in Water and Irrigation Eng BWE-F 44.2
    BSc in Water and Irrigation Eng BWE-M 48.2
    B. of Cyto Tech. BYT-F 43.1
    B. of Cyto Tech. BYT-M 43.8
    BSc in Civil Eng. CIV-F 50
    BSc in Civil Eng. CIV-M 52.7
    BSc in Computer Eng CMP-F 45.4
    BSc in Computer Eng CMP-M 49.7
    B. of Arts in Development Economics DEC 49.1
    B. of Arts in Economics ECO 41.2
    B. of Arts with Education-Literature EDA 48.7
    B. of Arts with Education-Kiswahili EDA 46.4
    B. of Arts with Education-French EDA 39.8
    B. of Arts with Education-Germany EDA 39.1
    BSc with Education-Biological EDB-F 35.7
    BSc with Education-Biological EDB-M 41.6
    BSc with Educational-Physical EDP-F 39
    BSc with Educational-Physical EDP-M 45.9
    BSc with Education-Economics EEC-F 41.1
    BSc with Education-Economics EEC-M 41.1
    BSc in Electrical Eng. ELE-F 49.4
    BSc in Electrical Eng. ELE-M 52
    B. of Industrial and Fine Arts FIN 45
    BSc in Food Science and Tech. FST-F 42.7
    BSc in Food Science and Tech. FST-M 43
    BSc in Horticulture HOT-F 39
    BSc in Horticulture HOT-M 39.3
    BSc in Human Nutrition HUN-F 41.9
    BSc in Human Nutrition HUN-M 43.4
    B. of Info Systems and Tech. IST-F 47
    B. of Info Systems and Tech. IST-M 46.8
    B. of Library and Info. Science-Arts LIS-A 48.1
    B. of Library and Info. Science LIS-S 40.2
    BSc in Land Surveying and Geomatics LSG-F 47.1
    BSc in Land Surveying and Geomatics LSG-M 49.9
    B. of Medicine and B Surgery MAM-F 46.2
    B. of Medicine and B Surgery MAM-M 49.7
    BSc in Medical Eng. MEC-F 44.2
    BSc in Medical Eng. MEC-M 50.8
    B. of Biomedical Laboratory Tech. MLT-F 43
    B. of Biomedical Laboratory Tech. MLT-M 46.4
    B. of Arts in Music MUS 45.7
    B. of Nursing Science NUR-F 43.7
    B. of Nursing Science NUR-M 44.6
    B. of Pharmacy PHA-F 45.3
    B. of Pharmacy PHA-M 47
    BSc in Actuarial Science SAS-F 42.2
    BSc in Actuarial Science SAS-M 42.6
    BSc- Biological SCB-F 44.5
    BSc-Biological SCB-M 47.4
    BSc in Construction Mgt. SCM-F 44.5
    BSc in Construction Mgt. SCM-M 47.4
    BSc-Physical SCP-F 40.9
    BSc- Physical SCP-M 45.2
    BSc-Economics SEC-F 39
    BSc-Economics SEC-M 42.5
    BSc in Land Economics SLE-F 44.9
    BSc in Land Economics SLE-M 46.8
    B. of Social Work SOW 48.6
    BSc in Quantity Surveying SQS-F 48.5
     BSc in Quantity Surveying SQS-M 49.3
    B. of Statistics STA-F 37.9
    B. of Statistics STA-M 38.1
    BSc in Telecommunications Eng. STE-F 47.3
    BSc in Telecommunications Eng. STE-M 50.6
    B. of Veterinary Medicine VET-F 39.8
    B. of Veterinary Medicine VET-M 44.8
    BSc in World Life and Mgt. WHM-F 39.5
    BSc in World Life and Mgt. WHM-M 40.4
    B. of Business C omputing BBC 47.1
    B. of Business Administration BBD 44.3
    B. of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Mgt BES 47.6
    B. of International Business BIB 48.8
    B. of Office and Info. Mgt. BIM 46.3
    B. of Leisure and Hospitality Mgt. BLH 46.8
    B. of Commerce COM 44.8
    B. of Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt. PSM 49

     

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    We Don’t Need To Be Threatened – President Museveni Warns Teachers Union Leaders…

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    President Tibuhaburwa Museveni

    President Museveni has assured teachers and key players in the education sector to stop using threats while pressurizing him into reopening learning institutions.

    During celebrations of the National Teacher’s day at Kololo, Museveni said they don’t have to be threatened.

    “”This lockdown time was for survival and am proud that we shielded our people from dying. We don’t need to be threatened. Why do you threaten me?” he asked.

    Museveni was responding to issues raised by Filbert Baguma the Secretary General Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) regarding the economic troubles faced by teachers who were put out of work as well as the increase in teenage pregnancies among the female learners who are stuck at home.

    “In Brazil they reached 600,000 deaths who died of corona. Here we have only seen 3000 deaths in one year and seven months. You think that is not important?” he asked.

    Having maintained total closure of learning institutions since March last year, Museveni says safeguarding the lives of learners supersedes any other concerns raised by stakeholders.

    “No amount of lost time is greater than lost lives,” he noted giving himself as an example of how he fought in the bush war to stabilize the country first.

    “The problem is some of you have not seen problems. I had to interrupt my life for 8 years in Tanzania fighting Idi Amin. Then 5 years in the bush that’s a total of 13 years. Is anybody better off than myself, the one who lost 13 years,” he emphasized.

    “The thing was to survive. Even if I lost time, if there is such a big danger it’s better than dying,” he added.

    Museveni emphasized that when they went to fight, some of the children left school and joined them in the bush and when they came back after many years of fighting, they started a Kadogo school in Mbarara and called them to resume their abandoned studies of which many of them are now doctors and what not.

    “You cannot compare death with losing time, jobs, money. That is reversible. I can lose today but tomorrow I will regain what I lost. But death is irreversible,” he said.

    First Lady and Minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni revealed that so far 60% of the teachers have been fully vaccinated.

     

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    Higher Education Students’ Financing Board Awards 11,187 Students With Education Loans…

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    HESFB Executive Director Michael Wanyama

    The Higher Education Student’s financing board led by Executive Director Michael Wanyama has awarded loans to a total of 11,187 beneficiaries, 9,632 undergraduate degrees and 1,555 undergraduate diplomas.

    The board with funding from Government of Uganda set aside UGX6Billion to support 1500 new cohort of student loan beneficiaries and at least 100 continuing students in Academic year 2021-2022.

    “Beneficiaries to study 130 degree programmes and 76 undergraduate diploma courses mainly in Science Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) programmes,” he said.

    “These are programmes which have been identified in the subsequent National Development Plans as essential for Nation Development and critical in filling the current human resources gaps in the country,” he added.

    Wanyama noted that persons with disabilities can access loans to pursue any accredited Programme of their choice including Business and Humanities Programmes under affirmative action.

    “These courses are currently tenable at 22 Chartered Universities (10 public and 12 private) and 36 other Tertiary institutions in Uganda. The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has since 2014 been implementing the Student’s Loan Scheme, where qualified Ugandan students Loans in a bid to increase access to Higher education,” he said.

    He added, “I therefore announce to all prospective applicants that the Board is now open for applications for the 8th Cohort on the study loans under the Student’s Loan Scheme from eligible Ugandan students who have been admitted under the listed Undergraduate Diploma and Degree programmes for the Academic Year 2021-2022 in the Public Universities, Private Chartered Universities and the listed Other Tertiary Institutions.”

    About the Student’s Loan Scheme.

    The Higher Education Students Financing Board disburses fees to the successful Needy Students on a straight line basis and upon completion of Studies, they are offered a Grace period of 12months after which the maximum repayment period is twice the study duration.

    The scheme has added to the National stock of applied scientists in the four major areas of the Economy where in Health, the scheme has supported the training over 3,000 Health and Medical Personnel, over 2,000 Science teachers, 1,000 Agricultural experts and close to 3,000 Engineers among others.

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni Halts Transfer Of Secondary School Teachers…

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni (Photo: Internet)

    The Minister of Education and Sports spokesperson Mr. Dennis Mugimba has disclosed that the First Lady who also doubles as the senior education Minister, Janet Museveni has halted the transfer of secondary school teachers with immediate effect.

    While addressing media today, Mr. Mugimba said the Minister made the decision after noticing inconsistencies in the transfer exercise which was marred by delays in getting the teachers on payroll, replacing the transferred teachers some of who have failed to report to new schools they have been relocated to.

    “The Minister of Education and Sports received credible information that the way secondary school teachers in government schools are transferred, was having many gaps,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    “It’s against this backdrop that the minister decided that the transfer exercise is halted for the time being until the loopholes have been fixed,” he added.

    Mr. Mugimba held, “She instructed that as a ministry we temporarily stop the transferring of secondary school teachers with immediate effect until an exercise which is going to be conducted by the Education Service Commission takes place.”

    He emphasized that this exercise will identify how long the teachers on payroll have actually been there and how many contract staff are in each school.

    “The validation exercise is expected to begin once secondary schools are reopened following a pronouncement by President Museveni,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    He also revealed that the ministry has trained 54 national trainers to train local governments about the Standard Operating Procedures that should be observed in educational institutions of learning amid planned reopening of schools.

    “We trained them about the issue of roles, who does what to ensure that our institutions of education are complying with these SOPs especially the role of the headteacher or the head of institution that is the principal, vice chancellor in ensuring compliance with SOPs,” he said.

     

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