KTU to use scholarships to hike female enrolment

The university is keen on empowering women

The university is keen on empowering women

As part of measures to bridge the gap between male and female in academia, management of the Koforidua Technical University has decided to award scholarship to 10 brilliant but needy students to pursue higher education at the university.

This move according to management of the university is to help increase the number of female students in science and technology related programmes in the country.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Smile Dzisi who disclosed this in an interview with Citi News, said the university is poised to train more women in the country to take up positions and responsibilities, she said “currently the ratio of women pursuing science related courses in the country is less than five per cent but we believe that they have the potentials and skills to be able to perform very well in science and technology related programmes.”

She continued, “in view of this, management has set up a gender desk and we are reaching out to females in the technical schools, we want to motivate them to come for science related courses. Koforidua Technical University has initiated a scholarship programme for brilliant but needy female students so from this academic year, 10 female students that are interested in science and technology related programmes in male dominated areas will come to KTU free of charge so that We will be able to encourage more ladies in science and technology programmes.”

Prof. Smile added that the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries will be neutral as only brilliant but needy girls will be selected, adding that  “the criteria for selection will be very simple because we will look at your background and see if you or your parents are not in the position to pay your fees and we will also test your potential to be able to pursue the course successfully. So after screening, we will then be able to take 10 and make sure we see them through the HND, through to the degree programs and also employ them in the university after they graduate as lab technicians in the faculties to help encourage more women.”

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