Minister: Pre-Intern Medical Exams Target Substandard Institutions

The Ministry of Health has revealed that the newly proposed policy of pre-intern exams by medical students is targeting the mushrooming medical institution that are below standards.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Health Committee chaired by Hon. Michael Bukenya on Wednesday, illness the Ministers Ministers Ruth Aceng and Sarah Opendi noted that most of the current health workers are below standard due to the insufficient academic training they get at from school.

“There are training schools that we doubt and we have most of the time brought the issue before Parliament but no action has been taken; for example Kampala International University were they admit students who have only had one principle pass, troche ” Dr. Aceng said.

The Primary Health Care Minister, Sarah Opendi wondered, “In the past, medical students would always be the best students in school but this is no longer the case, we have seen institutions taking on students with as low as 9 points.”

“What is going on does not ensure quality for health; we believe in the cut of points that Makerere University takes and that is why we are saying that if students have indeed done their exams and passed, let them all do exams and we get out quality, we have always got problems with training interns who come from the institutions without any knowledge.”

“Other interns have been doing exams before such as the Pharmacy interns who have been doing exams for the last 5 years with no complain. It will give them an opportunity to reflect on the principals that they learnt from school.”

The Minister explained that those who fail the pre-intern exams will be advised to go back and master the principals with the 5th year students.

Over the shortage of health workers on the country, the Minister noted that this cannot be addressed by Interns but by qualified medical personnel who are recruited into service.


Parliament tasked the Ministry to avail detailed guidelines on the set examination by Monday.

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