Officials from four Public Universities have embarked on a programme to reach out to students of deprived Senior High Schools (SHS) in Northern Ghana to sensitize them on their courses of study and the entry requirements.

The programme has been necessitated by the Universities? concern for the inability of students in these deprived schools to fill University entry forms, lack of knowledge about entry requirements for courses they wished to undertake, and lack of talents and capabilities to pursue such programmes.

The four universities undertaking the programme are the University of Ghana, Legon, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the University of Cape Coast and the University of Energy and Renewable Natural Resources, Sunyani.

At the start of the programme in the Upper West Region in Wa, the officials using slides took turns to showcase their institutions and their progammes to the students.

They were made up of final and second year students drawn from some of the SHS in the region.

The students were taken through the Universities? courses, entry requirements, steps for admission and post admission processes.

The officials said the cut-off point for most of the courses was based on the general performance of applicants during a given year, and the number of students who applied for the programme in that given year.

They urged the students to ensure that their elective subjects at SHS were related to the programmes they wished to pursue at the university, stressing that some of the subjects such as Physics and Mathematics, stood out as elective subjects for any student who wished to study a programme like Engineering.

They described as suicidal students who think they were so brilliant that they could afford to fill for only one programme like Medicine or Law, and leave no room for second and third choices.

Mr. Festus Nyame, an Assistant Registrar at the KNUST advised the students not to apply for programmes that were highly competitive and which they had little chance of gaining admission for.

Instead of Pharmacy for example which is one of the highly competitive subjects, he said they could opt for Herbal Medicine which was an equally a good course within the College of Health Sciences at KNUST.

A good grade in Elective Mathematics qualified an applicant for all programmes in the KNUST, he stated.

Mr. Peter Kaba, Executive Secretary of Vice Chancellors, Ghana said the exercise was a necessary initiative aimed at erasing the difficulties encountered by the deprived students in choosing the right course of study at the universities.

He noted that students in deprived schools were at extreme disadvantage, considering the fact that neither did they have library facilities nor access to internet facilities.

The outreach programme was not to be seen as a platform to canvass for students but an opportunity for them to learn how to prepare and enter the university, he told the students.

Choice of programmes at the universities, he explained, are determined by what students do at the SHS, and that not every elective subject goes with a course at the University. GNA

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