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PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES SET TO HIKE CUT-OFF POINTS FOR FRESH APPLICANTS

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Public Universities are likely to raise their entry cut-off points for first year students slated to join for the academic year 2020/2021

The admissions committee at Makerere University, yesterday told campass TV media in an interview that the cut-off points always change every academic year depending on the performance of students in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations. He said since the candidates who sat for the 2020 UACE exams performed better than those who sat for the 2019 UACE, their cut-off points will automatically be hiked for some of the courses.

Similarly, with grim determination Prof Eli Katunguka, the Kyambogo University vice chancellor, said since students performed better in the 2020 UACE exams, the cut-off points will automatically be hiked. He said Kyambogo would want to take the best students to reduce failure rates.“Previously, the university has been taking students with low points and we have been having higher failure rates.” said Katunguka

The Senate will sit soon and decide on the numbers of students we should take,” Prof
Katunguka said. Initially, Kyambogo admitted more than 15,000 students and about 8,000 could turn up.In the 2020 UACE exams, more candidates attained three principle passes compared to those who sat for the 2019 UACE exams therefore they need to hike cut off points in order to screen the best students for the citadel of learning.

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