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Charles Ssentongo, the Deputy Registrar for Undergraduate Admissions and Records, says the courses were advertised late because National Council for Higher Education delayed to accredit them. These courses were advertised on August 18th, a week after opening of the semester. The courses include; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology offered in the College of Computing and Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Bachelor of Geographical Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Industrial Livestock and Business to be offered in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security.

Makerere University has released a list of students admitted on five degree programmes that were advertised late. 

This comes more than six weeks after the 2017/2018 academic year opened.
 
The courses include; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology offered in the College of Computing and Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Bachelor of Geographical Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Industrial Livestock and Business to be offered in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security.
 
The department of Forestry for instance has no first-year students due to delays to advertise all courses that it offers.
 
According to the list released on Tuesday, 42 students were admitted on Bachelor of Science and Information Technology - 25 on government sponsorship and 17 on private sponsorship. Another 33 students were admitted for the Bachelor of Science in Forestry with 24 getting government sponsorship while nine are privately sponsored. Nine  students were admitted on Bachelor of Industrial Livestock and Business, five on Bachelor of Geographical Sciences and four  on Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
 
However, the number of admitted students is far below the number of slots that Makerere University had advertised.  According to the advert published by the university, 25 students were to be admitted on government sponsorship to study a Bachelor's degree in Forestry and 80 private students were to be admitted on each of the three courses - Tourism and Hospitality Management, Forestry and Geographical Sciences respectively.
 
The university advertised 400 slots for Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology, including 25 students on government sponsorship, and 420 slots for Bachelor of Industrial Livestock and Business.
 
Charles Ssentongo, the Deputy Registrar for Undergraduate Admissions and Records, says the courses were advertised late because National Council for Higher Education delayed to accredit them. These courses were advertised on August 18th, a week after opening of the semester. 

Ssentongo told Uganda Radio Network that no date has been set as to when these students will start studies. "Maybe, next week on Monday, I don't know when the students will come…the college principals where those programmes are administered will put in place arrangements," he said.
 
 He added that special arrangement will be put in place to ensure that these students catch up with other first year students who reported on August 12.

A semester has 17 weeks, with the last three weeks reserved for examinations.
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.