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01.07.2004 General News

KNUST to investigate students of KUHIS on Admission

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Kumasi, July 1, GNA - The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), is to ensure that henceforth, any student to be admitted to the university, from Kumasi High School (KUHIS), will have his background thoroughly investigated by the KNUST Authorities. Professor Kwesi Andam, Vice-Chancellor of the KNUST, who announced this, said the measure was directed at the KUHIS because of its notoriety for indiscipline conducts in the past and in recent times. He said the move was therefore to help protect "KNUST from any infestation by such indiscipline students of KUHIS who might be considered for admission into KNUST".

Professor Andam made the announcement when he addressed the Nineth Speech and Prize-Giving Day/Graduation ceremony of the KNUST Junior Secondary School (JSS), in Kumasi on Thursday.

The occasion was used to present awards to a number of deserving students and teachers, and certificates of the school to 422 graduates of the school who wrote their Basic Examination Certificate of Education (BECE) in April this year.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed, "KNUST wants to remain pure and continue to pride itself with an untainted image and will therefore never accept students who form and emerge out of groups supposedly, named "Talaban and Aqueeda" ".

Professor Andam reminded students that Ghana had invested huge sums of funds in their education, and therefore, there was the need for them to refrain from "acts of indiscipline that turn to jeopardise efforts of Ghanaians at improving and sustaining national developments".

Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, Headmistress of the KNUST JSS, called on the Ghana Education Service to develop a more comprehensive data for academic assessment of schools to enable it reflect the true records of performances of JSS and senior secondary schools.

She said this is crucial because the data that was compiled in respect of grading and ranking of performances of JSS in the BECE for last year, was not a true reflection of the performance of some schools, especially the KNUST JSS.

Mrs. Theodosia stated, "I do not believe the rankings in respect of the BECE for last year, is accurate, in the sense that the schools ranked to have performed better than the KNUST JSS, registered not more than 120 candidates while we registered 484 candidates".

Master Samuel Owusu-Agyemang, the KNUST JSS prefect, in a report, appealed to parents to pay more frequent visits to the school to enable them assess the progress of their wards and acquaint themselves with the problems of the school.

Mr. N. Twumasi Amponsah, Kumasi Metropolitan Director of Education who presided, lauded the staff and students of the KNUST JSS for their excellent academic works and discipline and urged them to keep it up. 1 July 04

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