While the impression we have as a nation is that access to university education is limited, tertiary education dons have made statements to the contrary.
According to the capo of the University of Development Studies, more than 11,000 applicants who gained admission to study various undergraduate programmes at the University of Development Studies (UDS), failed to honour the offer.
The disturbing revelation was made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, during the school’s 28th matriculation ceremony held last Friday.
He said, while 16,763 applicants were offered admission into UDS for the 2020-2021 academic year, only a third or a little over 5,500 honoured it.
Gabriel Ayum Teye
According to him, out of 512 applicants admitted for postgraduate courses, only 355 enrolled.
“Out of a total of 22,609 undergraduate and 939 postgraduate applications, 16,763 and 512 students respectively were admitted. However, only 5,518 undergraduates and 355 postgraduates accepted the offer,” said Prof Ayum Teye.
The Vice-Chancellor, however, assured that the UDS authorities have taken steps to establish additional campuses, after losing its two campuses at Wa and Novrongo.
He noted that new campuses were being established at Gbanyamni in Tamale and in Yendi to house some faculties.
He further revealed that the University has introduced new programmes like BSc Physician Assistant, BSc Medical Imaging Technology and BSc Health Information Management to enrich faculty strength.
Prof. Ayum Teye also had some advice for the freshmen and women on how to conduct themselves while on campus.
“The university is totally against the activities of unregistered clubs and associations. Occultism and other anti-social and non-conforming practices are outlawed in this university.
“Any student found to be engaging in any form of occultism shall face full rigours of the university’s rules and regulations,” he added.