February 25, 2011
Accra, Feb. 25, GNA- The University of Ghana (UG) on Thursday, announced major changes in this year's admissions process for entry into bachelor degree programmes, a release copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said.
The move had become necessary because the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), on which the University normally relies for most of its undergraduate admissions, was not written in June 2010.
The release, which was issued by J.M. Budu, Registrar of UG, said few changes regarding aggregates required for admission, for those presenting results from the WASSCE, had been made.
The changes include the fact that candidates writing WASSCE in May/June 2011 have the opportunity to enter the UG September, 2011. The one-year period of waiting to enter the UG is no longer necessary.
"The University's reopening schedule for fresh undergraduate students, which would normally have been in August, may be slightly shifted, to accommodate this new development. Details of the reopening schedule will be announced at the appropriate time," the release said.
It said candidates hoping to rely on the results of this June's WASSCE for entry to University of Ghana would have to apply for admission before they write their exams.
"In the on-line application, those candidates will not be required to state the results of their May/June 2011 examinations, but they need not worry.
The University will obtain applicants' June results directly from WAEC before processing applications for admission.
"On the other hand, applicants, who already have their previous SSSCE/WASSCE results, will be required to indicate those on the application forms."
The release said the calculation of aggregates for admissions, based on the results of the WASSCE had been altered for greater simplicity and fairness.
"Candidates can themselves easily calculate their aggregates required for admission, by simply adding up the numbers written against the alphabets in their results.
"A1 means 1, B2 means 2, B3 means 3, C4 is 4, C5 is 5, C6 is 6, D7 is 7, E8 is 8 and F9 is 9. The earlier mode of calculation in which C4, C5 and C6 were all equated to 4, and D7 and E8 were equated to 5 no longer applies."
The release described the new mode of calculating the aggregates as user-friendly; adding that, the cut-off point was determined by the UG, depending on specific programmes applied for.
"The UG will only accept credits or grades from A1 to C6, for purposes of admission. D7 and E8 will no longer be accepted for admission," it said.
The release said online applications for undergraduate admission for 2011 would be activated from the first week of March.
It said the University would undertake a series of public outreach and orientation activities to clear all uncertainties about the admission process before the deadline for application.
The release concluded by saying that answers to Frequently Asked Questions or anticipated issues, would be made available at the University website, www.ug.edu.gh.