NCHE Suggests Joint University Admission for Private Students

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Prof John Opuda Asibo, the National Council of Higher Education NCHE executive director, has said that there is a need to streamline the university admissions process in the country.

Prof John Opuda Asibo, the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) executive director, has said that there is a need to streamline the university admissions process in the country.
 
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Prof. Opuda said that the current trends where each university handles its own admission process for privately-sponsored students is tiresome and constrains students and parents.
 
Prof. Opuda cited a need to adopt Tanzania's model where a similar body handles admissions for all universities.
 
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Prof. Opuda says that as a member of the Higher Education Students' Financing Board (HESFB), their wish would be having admissions handled by one body to ensure quick processing of the loans which are delayed by uncoordinated admissions by various universities.
 
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Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor-elect of Makerere University says that whereas this would be a good suggestion, it has no place in the current provisions of the laws.
 
He notes that this requires amending the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act to provide for such suggestions which might take some more time.
 
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Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor Prof. Elli Katunguka Rwakishaya wondered whether the council has the capacity to handle this responsibility in addition to regulation and licensing of higher education institutions.
 
He notes that the issues of delayed admissions can be handled by the responsible institutions in order to allow for timely verifications and awarding of loans to admitted students.
 
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