Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, is charging public tertiary institutions to allow students who score D7 to have a fair shot at tertiary education.

According to the Minister, the institutions must create access for such students through innovative programs.

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says he does not understand why the education journey of students must be curtailed simply because they had a D7 in WASSCE.

Speaking at the swearing-in and inauguration of governing councils of some public technical Universities, the Minister charged the schools to innovate and create access programs for such students.

“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 programs, more diploma programs 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.”

Currently, most public Universities have set C6 as the least grade a student can get in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to qualify for enrollment.

Whilst some have questioned this, much change has not been made to the requirement as many students have to rewrite such courses to be able to enrol in tertiary institutions.

According to Dr Adutwum such students must have the opportunity to prove themselves.

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