The admission figures for the University of Cape Coast (UCC) dropped 11.9 per cent this year compared to last year’s. The university admitted 5,234 fresh students as against 6,247 last year.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor D.D. Kuupole, explained that the drop was due to a general reduction in the number of applications received.
He further attributed that drop in admission figures to poor performance of applicants this year.
Prof. Kuupole made this known at a matriculation ceremony for fresh students admitted to the university this year.
They included 117 doctoral students, 402 Master’s students and 4,715 undergraduate students.
Prof. Kuupole indicated that this year’s admission saw a slight increase in the number of female students.
Prof. Kuupole said two students who presented fake results had been disqualified. He also said one failed to register while one was helping the police with investigations, adding that the one behind the scandal had been arrested.
He cautioned all prospective applicants against using fake results, saying the university obtained results of the West African Examinations Council to cross-check with applications received.
“We wish to advice applicants who collude with others to gain admission to the university that they will definitely be found out and punished accordingly,” he stated.
He stated that the university had set up a Needy Students Fund to support needy students to successfully complete their education.
This year, a total of 138 continuing students have benefitted from the fund.
The fund, the Students’ Emergency Relief Fund (SERF), was set up by the office of the Dean of Students Affairs in collaboration with the Students’ Representative Council to help students who cannot pay their fees to complete school successfully.
Prof. D.D. Kuupole advised students who might require some help in relation to the payment of their fees to contact the managers for consideration. He also called on NGOs and philanthropists to contribute to the fund, saying that “there are certainly many students who are genuinely disadvantaged and find it difficult to cope with their stay on campus”.
He advised the fresh students to study hard to achieve their academic goals, since the university would not compromise on disciplinary standards.
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