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Neo
16th March 2011, 01:26 AM
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The chances of 149,176 final year students of Senior High Schools (SHSs) gaining admission to public universities next academic year hang in the balance, as vice-chancellors of those universities who had earlier agreed to delay admissions until the results of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had been released, have reneged on their pledge.

Even before the first batch of SHS Four students begins to write their examination later in April 2011, the public universities have placed advertisements in the national dailies inviting applications from qualified candidates for admission to pursue undergraduate programmes.

The universities which have advertised for applications are the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the University of Cape Coast (UCC), the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and the University for Development Studies (UDS).

In the case of the UCC, the time for the submission of application forms elapsed on February 28, 2011. It is only the University of Ghana, Legon, which has come out clearly to indicate that it is going to delay admissions of SHS Four students who will write their WASSCE in April-May this year.

The head of the Ghana National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mrs. Patience Ayesu, told the Daily Graphic that by the decision of the vice-chancellors, the council would release the results of the WASSCE early, specifically in August, for admissions.

Earlier this year, the Executive Secretary of Vice-Chancellors, Ghana (VCG), Mr. Peter Kaba, announced that the universities had agreed that students completing SHS would be admitted to the universities this year.

Contacted on why the UCC had gone ahead to advertise for applications, the Director of Public Affairs of the university, Mr. David Dzontoh, said the academic board of the university was yet to decide to wait for the final-year SHS students.

However, he said if the board met later and decided to change its decision, it would be communicated to the public. He said after its deadline of February 28, 2011, the university had received almost 10,000 applications for its undergraduate programmes but it had vacancies for only 4,200 fresh students.

Mr. Dzontoh said the university would receive forms that were sold after the deadline, explaining that it would retrieve all forms that were still being sold by its dealers from the market by this weekend, since the deadline had elapsed.

The University Relations Officer of the UDS, Mr. Samuel Awugah, gave an assurance that despite the advertisement, the university would admit final-year SHS students who would apply for admission.
He said there was no need for panic on the part of parents and students, adding that although the deadline for the submission of forms was April 30, 2011, final-year SHS students would be considered as those awaiting results.

“We will admit the final-year SHS students. We will, however, not be held responsible if, by the time we publish the admission list, the results of the candidates are not in,” he emphasised.



Source: Daily Graphic

Chapati
16th March 2011, 03:09 AM
ahhhhhhhhhhh Ghana. why would you do that. now look, the lives of these poor kids have been jeopardized. am so sad with our education system. so terrible

CuTiEbABy
16th March 2011, 01:45 PM
Only in Ghana, the educational system is kicked around like is no body's business forgetting that the future of the nature depends on the young ones coming up.

There is so much going on in the system that moving from one level to the next seems a whole hurdle..........I do hope reforms are put in place to make things better......even though it doesn't seem like it for now.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
16th March 2011, 04:46 PM
No need to panic ladies ! I believe there are ways of resolving the problem.