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UDS Cuts Down Intake

2011-11-24 22:52:24
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The University for Development Studies (UDS) has cut down its intake by more than 70 per cent due to inadequate infrastructure on its various campuses in the country.

Last year, the school admitted more than 7,000 students. However, as a result of the challenge, the number had to be slashed down to 2,649 to enable facilities available contain the number of students admitted into the school.

Professor Harruna Yakubu, the Vice Chancellor of UDS, disclosed this at the 19th matriculation ceremony of the school here on Saturday.

He said even though the school had the potential to offer many more students the opportunity to pursue further studies, the problems of inadequate infrastructure was hindering the school from doing so.

He has therefore appealed to the government to provide funds for the upgrading of infrastructural facilities on the campuses of the university to enable it operate at its full potential as a public university in the country.

“The university decided that student intake for the 2011/2012 academic year should be cut down because the university wanted to ensure that the infrastructure on campuses will be able to contain the student numbers,” he added.

Prof. Yakubu said the school would continue to make the best out of the limited facilities at its disposal and as and when the infrastructural facilities improved, the first year intake would be jacked up accordingly.

“We are particularly appealing that where any infrastructure or facility is to be provided to the UDS, government and the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) should consider providing enough funds so that each of the campuses will benefit from that facility,” he stressed.

Prof. Yakubu contended that all the campuses of the university required residential accommodation for staff, halls of residence for students, large lecture room spaces, auditorium and access roads.

Touching on admissions, he said a total of 12,975 applications for under graduate programmes were received and out of this 6,989 were qualified to pursue degree and diploma programmes. However, only 4,680 were offered admission.

He said out of these, only 2,649 accepted admissions and of this number 1,910 representing 78 per cent were males and the remaining 739 representing 28 per cent were females.

Prof. Yakubu said even though the 739 represented “an increase over last year’s intake for females, the school was no where near attaining parity for females”.

“However, the school will continue to demonstrate its commitment to providing more access to female applicants to pursue academic programmes,” he said.

“The idea is to encourage female education at the tertiary level which is generally low in the country and even lowest in the three northern regions of Ghana. UDS is certainly gender sensitive in its admission policy,” he added.

Prof. Yakubu admonished the newly admitted students to be serious with their academic work as the university would not hesitate to dismiss students who fail in their examinations as the university would not compromise on its academic performance.


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