S6 Students Stuck Over Makerere University Closure.

Over 104,361 students have been left frustrated as they cannot apply for government scholarships next year after Makerere University was indefinitely closed before they could get the Public Universities Joint Admission Board (PUJAB) forms.

Ms Nakate Kikomeko asked both parents and students to be patient since the matter is beyond there control. She added that the schools have equally been inconvenienced by the closure of Makerere University.
She is also worried that once the deadlock extends into next year, it would negatively impact public universities’ admission as parents who have the money would opt to take their children to private institutions.

The students currently sitting their final examinations are demanding an explanation from their respective school administrators across the country since they will have to foot the transport costs once they leave without the forms. Each S6 students pays Shs70,000 for the Pujab forms.

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Following the stalemate over the Pujab forms, Makerere has written to the Education ministry requesting whether some of the staff from the department of the academic registrar would be recalled to handle the Pujab forms.

Now, Ms Janet Museveni, the Education minister, has allowed the university to recall some of their staff.

“I have noted your request to allow you to urgently recall a skeleton staff from the department of the academic registrar to handle activities of Pujab. I concur that given the role Makerere University plays in coordinating Pujab’s work, moreover, when A-Level examinations are currently ongoing, it is necessary to recall staff involved in this exercise not to jeopardise the road map for admission to public universities,” Ms Museveni wrote on Monday.

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But by the 25th/11/2016, Makerere University officials and schools across the country hadn’t received Ms Museveni’s communication; making their work difficult.