With medical schools bound to open starting this Friday, medical school heads are advising parents to help their children venture into other training courses beyond health-related ones. These say: they are full to capacity and have no space for new entries until 2023. However, the ministry of education says they are not aware of any such arrangements by medical schools.
In a letter signed by the executive director of the National Council for Higher Education Prof Mary Okwakol dated 6th August 2021, the Council okayed the reopening of schools teaching health-related courses in a phased manner.
But days after the reopening of medical schools, the school heads have raised an alarm, locking out all those seeking admission.
Sr. Stella Namatovu, the Principal of Nsambya Nursing School says students who joined in 2019 haven’t progressed.
“The health students who came in 2019 are still here. They haven’t progressed to finish their second semester for two years. So, if you are not emptying how are you going to use the limited space?”
With learning Institutions working at 33 per cent, it is not clear how they are going to enforce the standard operating procedures.
Sr. Stella Namatovu says; “We are going to check them by the signs and symptoms that they will present. But those who are risky will be taken for further assessment and treatment.”
Sr. Namatovu also notes that very many parents have reached out to her for admissions ever since ordinary level exams were released yet they are full to capacity.
But she says;
“The government is telling us 33 per cent of the people. so when they are saying that, there is no way you can say you are going to recruit, yet even the reopening in phase. it is not everybody coming back. It is not everybody coming back, it’s only part of the students. It’s the reason we can not start to plan to have all students.”
But also according to the ministry of Education and sports learning institutions must embrace online teaching.