"KNUST, UDS, UMaT and UCC wouldn't admit 2014 WASSCE candidates"

University vice chancellorsThe fate of at least 150,000 candidates of this year’s West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) who may seek admission to public universities hangs in the balance.

This is because some of the public universities have decided not to offer admission to applicants who will write the WASSCE this year, writes Severious Kale-Dery.

The University of Cape Coast (UCC),the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Tarkwa and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi have indicated their intention not to offer admission to such applicants.

According to them, by the time the results of the 2014 WASSCE would be released, they would have closed their admissions.

However, the Ministry of Education has given an assurance that the candidates will not be denied admission to the public universities of their choice.

According to a Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, all public universities were supposed to reserve quotas for those who would write the WASSCE this year.

Therefore, he said, the deadline given by the universities for submission of application forms was not applicable to those who would be writing this year.

The UCC deadline for submission of applications is April 30,2014; that of the KNUST is April 11, while the UMaT has March 21,2014 as its deadline.

Although the University of Ghana has indicated that it will wait for applicants who will write the WASSCE this year to apply for its degree programmes, it has set April 11,2014 as the deadline for the submission of application forms.

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Some officials of the universities have proffered explanations as to why the universities have decided not to admit applicants who will apply with this year’s WASSCE results.

A Deputy Registrar (Academic) of the UCC, Mr Jeff Onyame, told the Daily Graphic that the university would not admit applicants with 2014 WASSCE results, reports ShirleyAsiedu Addo.

He explained that the university’s admission process would close even before final-year senior high school (SHS) students finished their examination.

“They cannot fill the application forms without their results and so they cannot be admitted, not for this year,” he said.

Mr Onyame said last year, the university gave an opportunity to those who were yet to obtain their WASSCE results to apply because of the number of candidates who wrote the examination.

“Last year the last batch of the four-year system and the first batch of the three year system were graduating and, therefore, arrangements were made to manage the two batches.This year, it will not work like that,” he stated.


The story from KNUST is no different.

The University Relations Officer of KNUST, Mr Vincent Ankamah-Lomotey, told the Daily Graphic that the university would not allow candidates writing the 2014 WASSCE to apply for admission to the university, reports Baffoe Joe Donkor.

He said the university allowed candidates awaiting WASSCE results to apply last year because of the two cohorts of students of SHS who had to write the examination last year.

With the four-year SHS system phased out, he said, the universities had to revert to the old system in which universities reopened in August or early September.

He said when two streams of applicants were allowed to apply for admission to the universities, it “puts too much pressure on the students, as they cannot have the full 16 weeks first semester course”.

Mr Ankamah-Lomotey said by June this year, the university would have completed its admission processes and sent letters to the qualified applicants to give them enough time to prepare.

The University of Ghana

At the University of Ghana, Mr Mawusi Kofi Glozah,the Assistant Registrar, Academic Affairs Directorate, told the Daily Graphic that this year’s WASSCE candidates would be able to apply for the university’s degree programmes, writes Edmund Smith Asante.

He explained that the deadline for the submission of applications for the degree programmes was likely to be June 30, as happened last year.

He said 2014 WASSCE candidates awaiting their results would be permitted to apply for admission, adding that “for the past three years that is what we have been doing”.


While the KNUST, the UMaT and the UCC are not ready to admit 2014 WASSCE candidates, the University for Development Studies (UDS) has offered to continue to implement the programme which provides a lifeline for such applicants, reports Samuel Duodu.

According to Mr Samuel Awugah, the Assistant Registrar of University Relations, 2014 WASSCE candidates could apply for admission to the university.

He stated that the university’s admission for undergraduate programmes would be carried out in September and, therefore, the current final-year SHS students could buy the admission forms of the university while awaiting their results.


Source: Daily Graphic


  1. bright dosu kudjuh

    greetings, please i am Bright Dosu Kudjuh. i want to apply for the school’s form. Please my grades are from B to E. Please will i be admit into the school . i want to study religion-theology

  2. May God have pity on us all.we are stranded.

  3. I want to buy a University of Ghana form, and am writing Nov/Dec,can i continue or wait for next year. Thanks

  4. They can apply next year.That was the norm before the introduction of the 4 year programme. There is nothing wrong with that

  5. why whould these year graduates be denied of admission

  6. nice istitution

  7. Come on,sept is too far.

  8. osei emmanuel obese

    plis when is the 2014/2015 admission list coming out

  9. wen wll u release de 2014 admission list

  10. when is the release of uds admission list

  11. Then admissions should be offered to those who have applied n are qualified before the awaiting applicants.

  12. We even don’t know when 2014/2015 academic yr fresher’s will report.I personally confuse,whether a poor Governance or what

  13. can i get admission at KNUST my grades is from B to D

  14. poor governance.. God will punish our leaders “CLUELESS”

  15. please can’t something be done about this mathematics thing. a lot of people are home because of mathematics. they pass all subject but just because of mathematics they stay home.their dreams and everything gets shattered all because pf mathematics yet they pass elective mathematics soo well.but because of mathematics they stay home and look for other alternatives.I think all account to why ghana is still a developing country. our education system is something else. look at the case were a students learn 8 to 10 subject and yet is given two and half years to absorb all this. lets look at a subject like geography which is sooo broad day in day out new discovery are being made. and yet some other subjects.atleast government should consider students who offered elective mathematics .so they could go to school some.its not easy.this education thing is soooo disturbing.

  16. will I be admitted if I have D and E as grades

  17. will I be admitted if I have D and E as grades into UDS dis year

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