The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has directed Universities to allow Graduates with Third Class and Pass to Offer Masters Programs in Their respective fields in Universities.
He issued this recommendation on a radio station in the Central Region of Ghana before heading to the University of Cape Coast for a Program.
The Minister Explained that such students can be interviewed before being allowed access to offer their program of choice, he said most students with such classes are certified and that he doesn't see the need to sideline them when they have been awarded the certificates as graduates, he added that if the universities sees no value in such certificates then they should eliminate them from their grading system to pave way for others to target the least acceptable grade.
"I believe allowing students with Third class and pass will pave way for them excel, most of these students had some special problems resulting in such performances they achieve, some had problems with lecturers and as a result they failed them and this reduced their CGPA, others had financial challenges resulted in stress, this and many others can result in students performing in such an unexpected manner but that not withstanding they have obtained the minimum grade and have graduated, if indeed such a grade is acceptable for graduation, then such students should be allowed to pursue higher education, they can be granted interviews to discover them rather then sidelining them".
The Issue of Obtaining a Third Class and a Pass and not being allowed to pursue higher education has been an issue of concern in Ghana.
45% of Graduands from University of Education, Winneba in their 25th Congregation had graduated with Either Third Class or Pass, 23% from the University of Cape Coast Graduated with Third Class and Pass, 13% From KNUST Graduated with Third Class or Pass and 34% of Students from the University of Ghana Graduated with Third Class and Pass.
All these student have since been at home due to restrictions on admitting them to pursue higher education, others have since resorted to pursue higher education in Private Universities not minding the cost.
Some Reactions to the Development:
Kojo Asare: "You can allow Jhs Student with grade 50 to attend shs and get sponsored yet block us from paying to access higher education, what selfish educationists we have".
Yaw Dompreh: "the Need for higher education is not about class my people, did I graduate or not? If yes, why the selective treatment, if my certificate is not relevant why award it? I'm certified not classified, Time will tell".
Abdul Salam: "Lets do away with such bias systems, I'm glad some Universities are waking up, but soon, due to the introduction of new universities, they won't meet their quota and they shall be forced to do the needful".
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