Kampala — THE long-awaited list of government-sponsored students at public universities was yesterday approved by the Public Universities Joint Admissions Board.
The provisional list shows that the top schools in the central region have dominated the admissions under the merit category.
They include Uganda Martyrs SS, Namugongo, Namagunga and St. Mary's College Kisubi, which will this year send about 40 students each on government sponsorship.
Others are Kings College, Budo, St. Mary's Kitende, Seeta High School, Namilyango, Kitovu, Gayaza High, Nabisunsa, Makerere College, Kawempe Muslim, Gombe, Ntare, Kibuli SS and Trinity College Nabingo, which each have more than 20 students on the list.
Other top schools are Masaka SS, Kiira College Butiki, Mwiri, Mbarara High School, Kyambogo College, Katikamu SS, Namirembe Hillside and Ndejje SS.
The list shows that more than half of the state scholarships are taken by about 100 schools, most of them in the central region.
There are over 1,000 secondary schools across the country.
The public universities, Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara, Gulu and Busitema, are expected to release the official lists later this week, according to a member of the admissions board.
The list also indicates that boys continue to dominate the science-based programmes while girls dominate the arts courses.
The Government for a third year is not sponsoring certain arts courses which were once popular with girls in a deliberate policy to promote sciences and courses considered important for national development.
The admissions board on Monday approved cut-off points for the highly coveted state sponsorship scheme.
According to the admission guidelines, 75% of the government scholarships will go to science-based courses and 25% to arts and humanities.
The board will sit again next week to admit the 1,000 students under the district quota system under which each district is given 11 scholarships.
The university is also expected to call for the applications of private students next week.
Out of the 89,921 students who sat A-level in 2008, a total of 57,510 scored two principal passes which is the minimum requirement for joining university.
All public and private universities combined can take only 25,000 students, meaning that more than 27,000 will miss university admission.
Private universities have already started admitting students.