Makerere VC directs Law school to increase enrolment

By Patience Ahimbisibwe

Kampala. The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, has directed the management of School of Law to increase its enrolment to enable the institution collect more revenue.

In a July 17 letter to Dr Christopher Mbazira, the school principal, Prof Nawangwe said the fall in the university’s revenue collection has crippled implementation of its activities.

“The fall in revenue has seriously constrained university activities. The purpose of this letter is to request the School of Law to admit a total of 500 students in the first year for the LLB degree for the academic year 2018/2019 (250 day and 250 evening). Management will provide the necessary teaching space to handle this number of students,” Prof Nawangwe stated.

Dr Mbazira yesterday said the school does not have space but hopes that they will be able to increase their intake when they allocate them space at the newly constructed Central Teaching Facility.

An earlier interview with Prof Buyinza Mukadasi, the director of Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, said the students’ pre-entry pass rates to Law courses have improved this year but they are constrained by space.

“The success rating has improved to 60 per cent. But because of few vacancies available each year, some of the successful candidates are out competed and left out on admission. This worries us too because we can [only] take those we can accommodate,” Prof Buyinza said.
Of the 800 applicants to Master of Law, Makerere only admitted 65 while at undergraduate level, the applicants were more than 1,000.

Prof Nawangwe has not been available for the last three days nor was the University Secretary, Mr Charles Barugahare, to explain the extent to which the university revenue has fallen and which activities have been affected.
Attempts to reach them at their respective offices or call them on their known phones were not successful.

Law enrolment

Year Govt Private Total

2008/2009 83 214 297
2009/2010 83 221 304
2010/2011 104 277 381
2011/2012 105 261 366
2012/2013 76 386 462
2013/2014 75 226 301
2014/2015 45 283 328
2015/2016 52 227 279
2016/2017 61 245 306
2017/2018 42 165 207
2018/2019 45 247 292

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