Uneb: University Pre-Entry Tests Not Best Option


medical geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to UNEB, approved the pre-entry tests that have failed many potential students join law classes don’t necessarily pick out the best and deserving students.

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While during the launch of the report that sought to explain whether the examinations body’s results predict competencies required to excel academically at the law school, the Uneb head of research and data, Dr Saverio Pido, said student performance in institutions of higher learning depends on various issues, including former secondary schools, the curriculum and the processes they go through while training.

“There is need for the law school and the senate to revisit the use of pre-entry exams as the sole procedure for selection and admission to law school; we should use A-level results as it has been before.”

Dr Pido added that pre-entry exams are an additional cost that could lock out potential law students who may not have resources to come to Kampala where the exam is administered.

The lead researcher, Dr Robert Wamala, a lecturer at the School of Statistics and Planning said his focus was on student’s performance before and after the introduction of pre-entry exams in 2012 at the Law School.

Dr Wamala said the outcome of the admission test does not predict competencies required to excel academically in Law School.

“The problem is not Uneb results but the guidelines for admission to law school. The outcome of the admission test does not predict competencies required to excel academically in law school. We question why the school depends on the outcome of the test to admit students,” Dr Wamala said.

However, Prof Fredrick Juuko, a former dean of the School of Law and a senior lecturer defended the pre-entry tests saying the study was taken after a study by the law school adding that the current findings are premature since the scheme has just worked for two years.


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