Twenty (20) students of Makerere University have appealed against the university’s decision of rejecting their applications for entry into the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme.
Through their Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde Centre for Legal aid, the students have been identified as Ssengendo Geofrey, Kuteesa Jonathan, Echodu Collins, Kasumba Moses, Mayanja David Nsubuga, Ssenyondo Jovan, Kwikiriza Gyavira, Odeke Joseph, Adong Martha, Masaba Wabulo Davis, Sesanga Misha Shalom, Opoka Travor, Muwana Asuman, Asaba Isaac, Mafabi Mathias, Ojok Robert, Ivule Ian, Sepunya Ronald, Ahmed Kawthar Omlola who are all graduates of makerere university Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.
“Our clients have instructed us to present to the senate as we hereby do a formal appeal against the decision to reject their respective application for entry into the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme for the academic year 2020/2021, which is scheduled to start on 3o January 2021.” Read part of their appeal letter addressed to the academic registrar of Makerere University.
Ssemakadde adds that the main reason for this appeal is that the relevant university organs acted arbitrarily, unlawfully, unjustly, unfairly and unreasonably when they excluded his clients from the admission list of 12 November 2020 for the said MBChB programme, contracy to the established the policy and practice of admitting all BSB graduates with second Lower in to 3rd Year of the MBChB programme as upheld by the court decision in Namusoke Moureen & 7 others. V Makerere University HCMC No. 265/2017.
“This decision has been consistently followed by the university in AY 2017/18 and 2019/20. Why the sudden change now?” he further questioned.
“We are therefore instructed to notify you, as we hereby that if this issue is not resolved amicably and expeditiously, but at any rate not later than 15 December, 2020, our clients shall take legal action against the university immediately, without giving further notice.” He added.