The mature students entrance examination for entry into the University of Ghana, Legon remains suspended, the university authority has said.
This means that no mature student would be offered admissions into the university for this academic year (2012-2013) as admission notices have been put out for senior high school graduates with qualified grades to pursue undergraduate programmes at the City Campus of the University of Ghana.
The mature students programme, which is held at the Accra City Campus, was initially meant for applicants who were 30 years and above and desirous of pursing undergraduate programmes at the University of Ghana. However, the age limit was reduced further to 27 years.
Successful mature candidates are selected on the basis of a competitive selection examination in English (Essay, Comprehension, Grammar and Usage) and General Paper (Quantitative Methods, Critical and Logical Thinking and Current Affairs).
Successful candidates are admitted to Level 200.
Already, some private remedial institutions are advertising to offer classes for mature students who want to enter the university. Such classes are being organised for various sums of money, depending on the private institution organising them.
The Director of Public Affairs of the University of Ghana, Mrs Stella Amoa, told the Daily Graphic that the mature students programme remained suspended.
She said as a dynamic institution, the university needed to revise and review its programmes and courses in line with its policies and new developments.
Last year, the University of Ghana in a statement signed by the Registrar, Mr J.M. Budu, announced that it had suspended, until further notice, the conduct of any entrance examination for the admission of mature students.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no “Mature Students Entrance Examination” will be held in 2011. Consideration of candidates who took the last examination held in February 2011 for admission into the university for the 2011/2012 academic year is not affected by this decision.
“The suspension of the “Mature Students Entrance Examination” is part of an on-going re-assessment of the academic programmes of the university,' it explained.
The statement said new modalities for admitting various categories of fresh students “are being developed by the university and will be announced in due course after approval by the academic board”.