The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutum, has complained about public tertiary institutions not allowing students who had grade D7 in their WASSCE examination to enter into tertiary.
The minister has indicated that the tertiary institutions must accept those students and provide them access to the education through innovation programs.
He said he does not understand why a student’s journey in education must be stopped because he or she receive D7 after writing the WASSCE.
The tertiary education institutions were charged by the Minster to innovate and create access programs for such students during their inauguration into some Governing councils of some public universities.
Nowadays, the lowest grade to achieve before a student will be admitted into university has been set to C6 and some other universities have been questioned, hence has a requirement of making those students rewrite such courses before they can enroll in tertiary institutions.
The minister has emphasized that those students must have the chance to show their abilities probably in other fields they’re good at.
“Our gross tertiary enrollment ratio is 18.8%, South Korea is 73.6%, so no nation has been able to show transformation without hitting 40 to 50% tertiary enrollment 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 supporting 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. Then if they want to continue, they can continue. So we shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for students accessing tertiary.”