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Undergraduate admission processes at University of Ghana gets tougher

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Undergraduate applicants for admission into the University of Ghana (UG) for the 2011/2012 academic year would have to acquire credit passes in the required subjects.

Also Students who apply to the university must not only obtain credits in the required three core subjects, depending on what course they want to read, but also obtain a credit pass in the core subject that is not required.

Thus a student who wants to read a course in the Humanities, for instance, must obtain credits in core English, Mathematics and Social Studies, as well as Integrated Science, although it is not required in Humanities.

Professor Kwesi Yankah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the UG, who revealed this in Accra on Tuesday, at a press briefing on undergraduate admissions, said the rule was to ensure that the university “produced well-rounded students”.

“The cut-off grade for a credit pass is C6. Anything below this is a mere pass and would not be accepted,” he noted.

He said because the WASSCE was not written last year, the university was revising its admissions processes, in order to fill the vacuum that had been created.

In line with this, they have made provisions for students writing the WASSCE in May/June 2011 to apply to the UG, pending the release of their results.

Final year Senior High School students will therefore have the opportunity to apply for the courses they want to read in the University before they write their WASSCE, whiles the results will be forwarded to the University by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Prof. Yankah said this process would help to eliminate the incidence of faked results since they would get the results directly from WAEC and the one-year waiting period between the writing of the WASSCE and the time for University admissions would be avoided.

Those who have the November/December WASSCE results can also apply but will have to fill in their results online.

Also, the calculation of aggregates for admission has been altered in consultation with the National Commission on Tertiary Education (NCTE).

Unlike the old method where the C4, C5 and C6 were all equated to 4 and D7 and D8 to 5, candidates can now calculate their aggregates by adding up the numbers written against the letters, (A1, B2, B3, C4, C5, C6, D7, E8 and F9).

Therefore the cut-off aggregate would no longer be 24 but 36 due to the increased numbers.

Prof. Yankah said this mode of calculation would enable the university to determine which student got a better grade since C4, C5 and C6 would not all be counted as 4 and D7 and D8 as 5.

“This does not mean that those who get below C6 are bad students, it just means you cannot enter the UG. There are other tertiary institutions that they can use their WASSCE results to enter aside from universities,” he said.

Due to these revisions, the re-opening date for incoming students has been postponed from August to September 29, 2011 while that of continuing students is yet to be determined. Online applications would be activated from March to early May 2011.

He said the facility for final year SHS students to apply, pending the release of their results, was available to other universities, to help them get the appropriate number of students for admissions, since those with Nov/Dec results constitute only about five per cent of the total number of students required.

“The alternative would be to admit only about 500 students or to lower the grade points in order to get more people and we do not want to do that,” Prof. Yankah stated.

Source: GNA

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31 comments

  1. Please build more Universities Ghana to reduce huge gap in admission as well as student residence. More universities and quality teaching more economic benefit Ghana will achieve out of these students.

  2. isn’t it unfair on the part of UG to deny an applicant admission if he/she has a grade far better than a stated cut-off point but is a bit deficient in one core subject? They should re-think or else they would have to re-open their admissions later on

  3. In fact learning is not easy especially if you are a science student. Forcing to combined a whole lot of procedures, formulas and other definitions into our heads so you people should not be so tight in your grading system. The little effort that would prove the student a serious student, he should be selected. Otherwise more people who would have performed better earlier at the university would be denied the chance and would have a miserable life. Thanks!!!

  4. i want 2 no when the admission letters for 2011 would be released?

  5. when are u releasing the outcome of the 2011 admittance

  6. please when would thje admission letters for 2011 students be reslised

  7. if i choose Buisness Administration and i could not get the cut-off point for that course and my result is good,would i get adimission to perharps offer another course

  8. please when will the admission list for 2011/2012 be out.

  9. intelligent yaw wordi

    this process is unfair,what if an individual gets 7As and a D.What would happen to such person.something might happen for an individual to gain such a grade.something should be done about it.

  10. Please when will the admission list 2011/2012 admission list be in.

  11. please i want to know when admission list for 2011/2012 will be released.

  12. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,THIS IS REALLY ABSURD UG, YOU GOT RECONSIDER YOUR DECISIONS CAUSE IT AIN’T GOING TO HELP AT ALL……………

  13. AND HOW ABOUT THOSE FROM LESS AND DOWN SCHOOLS…….APPLYING SAME RIGID RULES WILL BE UNFAIR ESPECIALLY WHEN A STUDENT SUCH SCHOOL PERFORMS EXTREMELY WELL BUT HAS A GRADE OF D7 IN ONE OF THE CORE SUBJECTS………..

  14. WE HOPE UG CONSIDERS ALL OUR CACOPHONIES…

  15. Please we all want to know when the list would be out. why is the foreign students own out leaving us Ghanaians?

  16. when will list be realsed

  17. I need the cut off point for this year

  18. We have waited for so long.pls when will the admission letters be out?

  19. please when will the admission list be out?

  20. can some gain admission if the person had 6 C “s and 2 D”s but sat for the private exams 2010 and gain passes in the subject in which he had the D”s.

  21. is 2011/2012 admission list for university of ghana undergraduate out

  22. i never knew someone can get 08/09 and will be given psychology

  23. how do i check my child’s admission on line

  24. pls i have been checking my admission status for so long it always says i admission is still in progress when is it going to come out because school have re-opened and i dont know what to do ,please

  25. please I have been checking ma admission status but it just says admission is still on going while some student will be reporting to school this friday

  26. please i have also been checking my admission but it keeps on saying admission is still on going whiles others will be reporting to school this week. Thank you

  27. can someone gain admission with the following grades: M-C6, E-C5, S-B2, INT SCI-C4 , Lit-B3, Econ-C6, CRS-C4 and Twi-C5 in humanities and if yes why is my sister admission still in progress?

  28. Please i have not had admission yet.

  29. i think ug ar very unfair with their cut off points to us the students unlike knust and ucc whose cut off points are far better than ug.eg agric eng in knust is 19 while ug is 14,jux look at the difference.not good at all.something should be done very soon for us who will be applying nxt year which i dought.

  30. I know that God will see us students through.