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16.10.2004 General News

UEW admits 3,700 fresh students

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Winneba (C/R) Oct. 16, GNA - The University of Education Winneba (UEW), on Saturday officially admitted 3,700 new students made up of 1,305 females and 2395 males to pursue various programmes of study at the Bachelor of Education level.

A total of 8,181 applications were received out of which 6,585 sat the entrance examination the 3,700 were admitted.

The Vice- chancellor of the University, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah said this at the matriculation ceremony held at the Liberation Square of the University at Winneba.

He said the Winneba Campus had a total of 4,644 applications but 3,736 qualified applicants sat the entrance examination out of which 2,381, representing 64 percent, made up of 1423 (60 percent) men and 958 (40 per cent) women were admitted.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the Kumasi Campus received a total of 3,010 applications and 2,617 qualified applicants comprising 1,961 men and 656 women sat for the entrance examinations and 1,190 made up of 879 men and 311 females gained admission.

The Mampong-Ashanti Campus received a total of 527 applications out of which 232 were qualified to write the entrance and 225 made up of 188 men and 37 women secured admission, he said.

The Vice-chancellor said the University was faced with a lot of constrains, including the lack of lecture halls and teaching/learning facilities and pointed out that with adequate improvement in facilities, it would be able to increase its intake.

Professor Anamuah-Mensah said the University had over the years been concerned about the imbalances in educational provision in the country, especially low women enrolment at the tertiary level. He said that the university continued to explore strategies to encourage prospective women to enroll in science and mathematics and technical and vocational fields.

The Vic-chancellor said due to yearly increases in its intake, the university had found it difficult to provide accommodation to all first year students on the campus.

As a result only 196 constituting 4.8 per cent of the total number of students population of 2381 received at the Winneba campus had been accommodated, the Vice-Chancellor said.

He urged those staying in private hostels to desist from indulging in drug taking and immorality but concentrate on their studies as students would be allowed to repeat a course only once. The Omanhene of Effutu Traditional Area, Neenyi Ghartey VII, who chaired the occasion said the Traditional Council was making efforts to help find solution to accommodation problem facing the students of the University,

He however expressed regret about the behavior of some male students who impregnated women in the town and never came back for the children after their courses, resulting in the increasing rate of single-parent children in the town. 16 Oct. 04

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