So we saw a news item some few days which one would easily skip or regard as normal but is one which really strikes a cord. So we paused to ask ourselves, why would anyone start something and then stop half way through or ends it just before it starts?
Has he / she found something better doing or realized it was not worth the time at all. Or maybe it was the last resort at the time so he /she had no option.
We'll this had been the case of some students who gained admission to the University of Development Studies (UDS).
The Vice Chancellor of the UDS Prof Ayum Teye speaking at the 28th matriculation ceremony of the school last iterated that out of a total of 22,609 undergraduate and 939 postgraduate applications, 16,763 and 512 students respectively were admitted. However, only 5,518 undergraduates and 355 postgraduates accepted the offer.
So let's do the maths.
Roughly 33% (of undergraduates and 70% of post graduates turned to honor thier admission with the University of Development Studies. A fail in this regard (assuming a 50% minimum bench mark) for undergraduate and a good performance for the post graduate.
So one would ask the question : Why did they apply in the first place if they knew they wouldn't show up for admission?
Or why waste money on something you have no intention of seeing it through to the end.?
What of those who were not admitted at all but yet still met the school's admissions requirements?
Should the University give them a second chance to reapply and get admitted?
At least a second chance to fill the spaces for the no show applicants.
One would also look at the cause of such an event rather than its effect.
Could it be that majority of those who were admitted did not get the courses they wanted, or the school itself doesn't offer such courses.
We can sight a statement made the the Vice-Chancellor revealing that the University has introduced new programs like Bsc Physician Assistant, Bsc Medical Imaging Technology and Bsc Health Information Management. Maybe these people were all eyeing for these courses which were not available at the time.
Couldn't it be that the lose of two campuses at Wa and Naverongo caused an inconvenience for prospective students so they declined thier offer for admission.
Could it also be the fact that rumors about the harsh weather conditions at the upper side of the country deters people from taking admission from the UDS?
Or it could be the inability of students in a places such as Accra, Tema, Kumasi or Takoradi to access their campuses with ease.
It could also be that some of these applicants have had offers from the likes of the University of Ghana, Kwame University of Science and Technology or The University of Cape Coast and would fancy studying in thses places instead.
In an extreme case, we can sight the renaming of the school after the late former President Jerry John Rawlings. It's not a plausible cause but we can't think far on this.
At the end of the matriculation, the Vice-Chancellor had a word of caution and advice for the young ones.
He cautioned that the university is totally against the activities of unregistered clubs and associations. Occultism and other anti-social and non-conforming practices are outlawed in this university.
“Any student found to be engaging in any form of occultism shall face full rigours of the university's rules and regulations," he added.
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