Public Universities To Absorb Excess SHS Graduates

prof_ernest_aryeeteyPublic universities and polytechnics will next academic year, increase their intake to make room for the excess number of Senior High School (SHS) graduates.

The excess number of graduates was the  fallout from the double stream three-year and four-year SHS students who graduated this year.

The Vice Chancellors of the Universities and Rectors of the Polytechnics gave the assurance of an increased intake at a meeting at the Education Ministry in Accra yesterday, chaired by Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education, towards making arrangements for increased enrolment.

To support the universities to execute the planned increased intake, the government is providing GH¢7 million to enable the institutions to complete lecture halls and other relevant projects which are over 70 per cent completed.

A total of 409,747 students from the four-year and three-year SHS duration took the recent 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

There are currently nine public universities and 10 polytechnics. While the rectors of the polytechnics indicated that they were ready to accommodate more students, the vice chancellors indicated that universities would be in a comfortable position to admit more if the ongoing projects were completed in good time.

In that regard, the meeting agreed that an audit team was mandated to inspect the ongoing projects at the institutions and advise on ways to speed up the completion of those projects before the beginning of the enrolment period.

The audit team comprises representatives of the Ministry of Education, National Accreditation Board, Ghana Education Fund (GETFund) and National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).

“In principle, they agreed that we will see an increase in student intake,” Mr. Okudzeto-Ablakwa, told The Ghanaian Times after the meeting.

He said the meeting was part of efforts to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate the increased number of prospective applicants.

“We assure Ghanaians that government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the SHS graduates are not stranded,” he said. All the rectors of the 10 polytechnics and vice chancellors of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Development Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Professional Studies, Accra and University of Mines and Technology, were present at the meeting.

Also present were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Enoch Kobina and the Executive Secretary of NCTE, Professor   Mahama Duweijua.

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