Makerere University ordered to stop admitting students under the Dental Surgery programme for the academic year 2020/2021 because it does not meet requirements.
The joint East African Medical and Dental Council has denied Makerere University the chance to admit students under the Dental Surgery programme for the academic year 2020/2021 on grounds that it does not meet the requirements.
Earlier this year, the Joint East African Medical and Dental Council issued a letter highlighting the requirements every single dental institution and school was to meet before admitting any students under the dental surgery program.
This was coupled with the closure of many specialised dental universities and schools that failed to meet the requirements.
But now Flash Uganda Media has learnt that Makerere University will also not be admitting students this year for a bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery -the first time in nearly 37 years.
Previously, the University has been offering the degree programme since 1983 admitting about 15 students every single year.
According to the University Academic Registrar, Alfred Masikye, the course has been suspended on grounds that the University still has specific requirements it has to meet before re-admitting of freshers can commence.
Mr Masikye says that they have already embarked on plans to improve on the course’s capabilities and requirements ahead of the Joint East African Medical and Dental Council’s re-inspection slated for July this year.
But for the meantime, the Registrar advises students more so those who had earlier applied for the course on private to consider applying for other degree programmes that are still open and available.
Relatively, he says that those who had been given the course on government sponsorship will also be to other courses and programmes that are in line with their cut off points.
“In the meantime, we recall the advert for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and advise all applicants for Private Sponsorship for 2020/2021 Academic year to adjust/amend their applications with other choices available,” Masikye says.
“Accordingly, candidates admitted to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme on government sponsorship for 2020/2021 academic year will be shifted to other choices that they applied for on their application forms and where they meet the cut-off points for Makerere University,” he adds.