June 24, 2024

National Council for Higher Education sets new rules

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The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has halted dual admissions into medical and health sciences programs, saying each training institution should have only one intake a year to optimize the quality of graduates.

However, Kampala International University (KIU), a private institution with three intakes a year (January, April, and August), said they would engage the Council because they have strong reasons for having more than one intake a year.

However, Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, the KIU vice chancellor, told uncovered UG news reporters that they would have discussions with the NCHE about the need to make some adjustments.

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“We received that communication. We will take it through our structures and consider comprehensively our health-related programs. We will be able to work with NCHE if there are special requirements. I don’t think this is just cast in stone; there are realities and reasons for dual admission in Ugandan universities,especially private institutions,” he added.

Prof. Okwakol added that the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health Inter-Ministerial Standing Coordination Committee have “categorically indicated that there are challenges encountered in student internship placements, primarily attributed to two intakes a year by some institutions.”.

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