If you think private universities are the most tuition paying institutions in Uganda, think again. A public, Makerere University is about to take the lead ahead of Uganda Christian University (UCU) with the newly introduced Bachelor of Laws course, styled Bachelor of Laws Executive (LLE) (Weekend).
The Bee has received official communication from the Academic Registrar of MAK inviting applications for the new course. According to the announcement, the program will start “effective February 2020” after applications close on Friday, 31st January 2020. The applications are done online using the university portals http://admissions.mak.ac.ug after paying a fee of UGX. 50,000.
The new course will follow the curriculum of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program currently running at the university any will be conducted during the weekends only, running for four years.
What stands out most is the tuition figures payable per semester by Ugandan applicants. A whooping minimum of a total of 5,000,000 minus other fees is to be paid every semester for 4 years, a record that UCU holds. There is no guarantee that the figure will stagnant, and semester-ly or yearly tuition increments are a possibility given the trends coming out of the university. The announcement also states that the figures are subject to a review.
Other fees are payable per year, however a total of about 5,880,310 is expected as registration fees and more than 3 quarters of the excess UGX. 880,310 will be payable at the start of each year. To illustrate, in the first semester, one will be expected to pay about UGX. 5,880,310 and UGX. 5,000,000 for the second semester.
To be eligible to be admitted, the applicants “must have sat and passed the pre-entry examinations for Bachelor of Laws…with at least 50% for 2018 and 2019”. The announcement further adds that the students who were admitted already need not apply. It does not however explain what admitted already means whether it covers students admitted to LLE (the program they are applying for) or the LL.B program.