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    We Had To Upgrade: MUK Director Explains Why Makerere Phased Out Some “Irrelevant” Courses…



    Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya

    Makerere University has phased out 18 undergraduate courses in what the institution says is a move to produce quality graduates.

    According to the Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, the university is reorganizing to match the changing academic environment.

    Reports have also indicated that the institution found some courses irrelevant, therefore urging the need to scrap them off.

    The management of Makerere University accordingly announced this week that the university will not advertise over 18 restructured programs for the academic year 2021/2021.

    Last year in August, the council approved re-structuring of 20 undergraduate programmes aiming at reducing 82 courses to 62 starting with the intake of August 2021.

    Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the director of quality assurance, emphasised still that the aim was to enhance quality at the university and spur research since the university wanted to increase the percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from 35% to at least 40% of the total enrollment.

    Makerere had also aimed at increasing the proportion of graduate students from 10% to 30%, support curriculum that leverages research in the university and reduce duplication.

    “We are going to be research-led and focus more on graduate training. Our curriculum is going to face more in the direction of science and technology to the level of about 40%. The country will not thrive without these disciplines. For every 10, 000 students admitted at the university each year, 4,000 will be graduate students,’’ Dr Ssembatya quoted in August, 2020.

    Now, the university says, over 18 re-structured courses will not be advertised starting this August Intake.

    In the letter dated 29th March 2021, the council has further reminded Principles of Colleges to submit curricula for the re-structured programmes for consideration by the senate as soon as possible and not later than 15th May 2021.

    The restructured programmes will include:

    Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences

    Bachelor of Archives and Records Management

    Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

    Bachelor of Community Psychology

    Bachelor of Industrial and Organizational Phycology

    Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics

    Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

    Bachelor of Environmental Science

    Bachelor of Science in Meteorology

    Bachelor of Development Studies

    Bachelor of Adult and Community Education

    Bachelor of Business Statistics

    Bachelor of Science in Population Studies

    Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics

    Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Health and Management

    Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Land Use and Management

    Bachelor of Science in Horticulture



    Education Minister Janet Museveni Halts Transfer Of Secondary School Teachers…



    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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    Dr. Patrick Bitature Appointed 2nd Vice Chancellor Of UTAMU…



    Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the board chairman of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) has appointed tycoon Patrick Bitature as 2nd Vice Chancellor with effect from 17th September, 2021.

    “I, Prof.Venansius Baryamureeba in my capacity as chairman of the Board of Directors of UTAMU do introduce to you the public, Dr. Bitature as the second chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University,” reads in Baryamureeba’s statement.

    Businessman Dr. Patrick Bitature whose tenure runs for four years replaces His Excellency Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka the former Vice President of Kenya who served as the founding chancellor of UTAMU.

    Prof. Baryamureeba applauded Musyoka for successfully leading the university over the last eight years into a centre of academic excellence.

    “His contribution has been central to the progress and promise of driving UTAMU of national, regional and international stature in the service of higher education,” Baryamureeba said.

    He added that amidst his busy schedule, he dedicated tremendous time and effort in ensuring that the university is regionally recognized, inclusive and acknowledged as an institution of uncompromising quality that meets the needs of today’s world.

    Outgoing Musyoka was first appointed as chancellor of UTAMU in June 2013, a period of four years and his contract was renewed for the second time and last 4-year term in June.

    Dr. Bitature shall then preside for the first time as a chancellor of UTAMU at the 6th graduation ceremony which will take place on September, 24 2021 in Kampala.


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



    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.

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