ailment http://ciencialili.org/libraries/gantry/core/gantry.class.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Government introduced the district quota system in 2004 to enable outstanding students from underprivileged schools in remote districts to acquire university education.
“Though the district quota system was well intentioned, it has not been beneficial to rural students wishing to offer traditional science courses like human medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and engineering,” said Hon. William Kwemara (NRM, Kyaka), who moved the motion.
In a motion, Parliament also resolved that all girls joining university benefit from the 1.5 extra points, which is currently only given to those straight from A-levels.
Hon. Kwemara said that this should be irrespective of age and should cover girls joining university through mature age entry scheme, diploma holders’ scheme and other access programmes.
Hon. Kwemara also noted that Makerere University had recently introduced an aptitude pre-entry examination into the law course in the admission process.
He said that the pre-entry requirement does not take into consideration the similar pre-entry requirements for prospective students wishing to be admitted to the university on the mature age entry and diploma holder scheme which unnecessarily creates a double examination burden.
The Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Chrysestom Muyingo (Ind., Bamunanika) had recommended that the motion be referred to the Committee on Education where all stakeholders including the University Senate, students, and parents would present their views.
Parliament also directed the Ministry of Education to take action on the issues raised in the motion and report to Parliament within one month. In addition, Parliament resolved that the Committee on Education follows up on the issues raised in the motion.