No need to panic over double-stream admissions - Ablakwa assures
 
Posted on: 2013-Jul-23        
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Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has assured that, government had taken necessary measures to ensure that all qualified students gain admission into tertiary institutions this year.

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa therefore urged parents not to panic over the expected huge number of students who graduated from Senior High School this year hoping to enter tertiary institutions.

Most parents fear their wards may not gain admission into the universities as a result of the double stream of students - SHS '3' and '4' candidates - who participated in the 2013 West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE).

An unprecedented number of 409,000 Senior High School (SHS) graduates will be seeking admission to the universities and other tertiary institutions across the country this year.

The development is causing apprehension among many parents and students.

But speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Tuesday, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa said "the picture is not that gloomy" because resources had been committed into expansion of existing facilities, to ensure that those who qualify are absorbed.

He said, heads of polytechnics have indicated they could double their intake by 100% whereas the various public universities have also assured they could increase their intake by between 15% - 60% this academic year.

Commenting to the discussion via phone, the Chancellor for the Africa University College of Communications, Prof. Kwesi Yankah wondered why "government appears to be in a hurry" to get the tertiary institutions to absorb the over 400,000 students.

"We have to look for a long term solution to the crisis rather than making verbal appeals to the universities" to increase their intake.

Prof. Yankah, who is also the Chairman of Conference of Heads of Private Universities in Ghana (CHPUG) fumed; "Why are we rushing to absorb 100%, after the 100% intake then what?"