No student should be blocked from having tertiary education because of D7 in WASSCE – Education Minister
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has charged public tertiary institutions with allowing students with a WASSCE grade of D7 access to tertiary education.
According to the Minister, institutions must provide such students with access through innovative programs.
Dr Adutwum does not understand why students’ educational journeys must be halted simply because they received a D7 in WASSCE.
The Minister charged the schools to innovate and create access programs for such students during the swearing-in and inauguration of Governing Councils of some public technical universities.
Currently, most public universities have set C6 as the lowest WASSCE grade a student can achieve to be admitted.
While some have questioned this, little has changed in the requirement, as many students must rewrite such courses to enrol in tertiary institutions.
Such students, according to Dr Adutwum, must be allowed to demonstrate their abilities.
“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. And then if they want to continue they can continue. So we shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for students accessing tertiary.”