Ministry Makes U-turn On Pre-Entry Exams

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Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom says students should also give back service to the government by providing services to Ugandans before going elsewhere.

The Health Ministry has decided to halt the introduction of pre-qualification exams for medical interns. A fortnight ago, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Aceng announced that the health professional councils will administer the pre-internship exams this month.

 
She said only those who pass the exams would be deployed for internship beginning October. The announcement drew countrywide protests from medical students, saying the move is aimed the failing them deliberately.
 
 
This afternoon, Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health in charge of general duties, told MPs on the Health committee that following wide consultations, it was agreed that the policy takes effect next year to give more time to students to prepare for the exams.
 
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The Ministry however insists that government will support students who sign a contract that upon completion of internship, they will be bonded for two years.
 
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The representatives of the medical students, Noah Okiror and Fauz Kavuma, welcomed the new developments but raised objection to bonding.
 
They contend that the policy should also be stayed to allow for further consultations before its implementation.
 
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Several legislators on the committee supported the bonding programme, insisting that it will save government funds spent on training personnel who leave there after.
 
Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom says students should also give back service to the government by providing services to Ugandans before going elsewhere.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.