Education minister tasks public universities to accept WASSCE students with D7

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, has ordered public universities to admit students with D7 marks.

Although the cut-off grade for admission to public institutions is C6, the education minister feels that such academic circumstances deprive pupils of the opportunity to pursue higher education.

This was said by the Education Minister during a brief speech at the swearing-in and inauguration of Governing Councils of several public technical universities, when he challenged them to “innovate” and establish access programs for D7 students.

Our gross tertiary enrolment ratio is 18.8%, South Korea is 73.6%, so no nation has been able to show transformation without hitting 40 to 50% tertiary enrolment ratio.

“Mauritius is 40%, you go there and everything is changing. Our 18% will not change Ghana and that is why the President has set an agenda of 40%, what it also means is that you have to start looking at your programmes, more diploma programmes so that students sitting home with D7 will find a place in your institution.”

“There are institutions that are saying we are not getting the numbers but what happened to support students offering courses in diploma, electrical engineering and after that, you’re going to see the numbers going up and after that, they can go to work. 

And then if they want to continue, they can continue. So we shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for students accessing tertiary,” he added.