UEW students warned against plagiarism

Prof Avoke (inset) addressing the fresh studentsThe University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has strongly warned students against plagiarism, saying that negative practice would not be tolerated in any form by the university.

At a matriculation ceremony for undergraduate and post-graduate students on Wednesday, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor warned that students found to have plagiarised other works for the thesis, would be denied graduation and certificates.

He said it was regrettable that instead of developing critical minds and be innovative in seeking solutions to problems, some students had mastered the craft of downloading published essays, masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations and turning them around as theirs.

As part of efforts to help prevent this he indicated the various faculties would assist students to be original in their thinking and research, as well as properly reference published works.

Plagiarism is an issue of concern in universities worldwide, and universities in Ghana, in recent times, are putting in place some measures to curb the practice which is considered a serious academic offence.

In 2013, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology   introduced a web-based plagiarism detection and prevention system which also helps students to source their work correctly.

Similarly, the University of Ghana, in 2015, formulated a plagiarism policy and installed software under its e-Learning platform to detect plagiarism in all forms of academic work.

Prof. Avoke did not disclose if the university has or plans to institute similar measures.

He further advised the students to beware of self-destructive  behaviour  like indiscipline, alcoholism and drugs, and be  guided by  the rules  and regulations  of the university.

“Manage your limited resources wisely to meet your pressing but important needs. You must set realistic goals and review them each day to track your successes or otherwise,” he said.

For the 2016/2017 academic year, undergraduate admissions at the Winneba campus increased  by 21.15 per cent as compared to the 2015/2016 academic  year.

Out of 8,072 students offered admission this academic year 5,056, made up of 3,518 males and 1,538 females, registered as against 4,173 students who registered in the previous year.

For post-graduate students, out of 308 offered admission on the same campus, 221 made up of 139 males and 82 females registered.

At the Ajumako Campus, 387students out of 592 admissions, registered while 22 students registered for post-graduates programmes.

Prof. Avoke noted that the university was aware of the financial challenges some students contend with, and that the university continues to assist by promoting scholarship schemes, aside the student loans that the government has made available.

He announced that plans were advanced for the construction of more hostel facilities for the Winneba, Kumasi, Ajumako campuses.

Prof. Avoke stated that UEW had signed a pact with Kyonggi University of Korea to provide opportunity for inter-institutional exchanges and promote education and research cooperation.

From Jonathan Donkor, Winneba

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