Winneba (C/R), Sept 25, GNA - The University of Education Winneba (UEW) has put in place plans to help address the problem of low capacity for technical and vocational Teacher Education in the country. With the support of the Commonwealth of Learning, the Faculty of Technology Education would commence a degree programme in Vocational/Technical Education through distance education this academic year.
The Vice chancellor of the University, Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, said these at the 13th matriculation of the University at Winneba, on Saturday.
He said through the programme the University would be able to train a large number of vocational and technical teachers to attain the requirement needed for the degree.
Professor Anamuah-Mensah said out of a total of 8,637 applications received 7,270 were qualified but only 4,580 constituting 63 percent, gained admission to pursue various programmes at the B. Ed level. A total of 1,611 females constituting 35 per cent of the 4,580 students were admitted.
According to the Vice chancellor this year's intake was the single largest admission to the University in the past ten years and that for the first time, the University has given direct admissions to graduates of the Senior Secondary Schools.
Professor Anamuah-Mensah mentioned lack of enough residential accommodation as some of major problems facing the University. He said this year, out of the total of 3,215 student who have been offered admission at the Winneba campus, only 536 of them constituting 17 per cent have been offered residential accommodation. The Vice chancellor told the freshmen and women that the teaching profession required high professional standards and code of ethics and urged them to lead decent lives worthy of emulation. He urged them to take their lesson seriously because those who would fail to perform creditably would be withdrawn. Mr. Justice Nii Ayeetey, the Registrar of the University who administered the matriculation oath urged the students to study the code, rules and regulations of the University and to abide by them.