The East African Community (EAC) medical and dental practitioners’ councils have cleared Makerere University to resume admission of students to its dental school at the College of Heath Sciences (CHS), The New Times has learnt.
The development was confirmed by university Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawanagwe, who said the decision was arrived at after the dental school recruited and installed necessary staff and equipment.
Makerere University had earlier suspended the admission of students to its Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme for the 2020/21 academic year after reports that institution failed to meet the requirements set out by the Joint East African Medical and Dental Council.
The Makerere University Academic Registrar, Mr Alfred Masikye Namoah, said the students admitted to the programme would be transferred to other institutions but this seems to have changed now.
In July 2019, different media outlets reported that a joint inspection team from the East African Community Secretariat had recommended the closure of the Dental School at Makerere University for failing to meet the minimum teaching standards.
In a report dated 3rd July, 2019, the joint council recommended that Makerere University should close the dental department at its Mulago-based College of Health Sciences and redistribute the already admitted students for the September 2019 intake to other dental schools in the region over failure to meet the minimum requirements.
The report added that the Makerere University dental school does not meet the requirements in terms of staffing and infrastructure.
The University should stop new admissions in the Dental programme until the recommendations are complied with a re-inspection by EAC Partner States National Medical Boards and Councils,” the report says.
The report was compiled by influential medical practitioners in the region including, Prof. David Ngassapa from the medical council of Tanzania, Mr. Daniel Yumbya, the CEO of Kenya Medical Practitioners Council and Dr. Tharcisse Ngambe from Rwanda Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council.
The medical council is set for the second round of inspection come July 20, 2020.
The same council last year cleared the newly established Kampala International University (KIU) Dental School to admit students and recommended the closure of the one at Makerere University for failing to meet the minimum teaching standards.