The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch after the Minister for Education asked public tertiary institutions to consider grade D7 for admission has said the move will increase tertiary enrollment from 19% to 40% by 2030.
Education Minister, Dr Adutwum at the swearing-in and inauguration of Governing Councils of some public technical Universities said aggregate which means pass should not be a barrier to a student’s admission into the tertiary.
He said President Nana Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to ensure all free SHS beneficiaries continue their education at the tertiary level has added more diploma programmes to the programmers offered by various institutions.
“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,” Mr Osei Yaw stated.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament added that “We shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for prospective students accessing tertiary. We must support them to take various diploma programmes so that after that they can go to work.”
In line with Hon Adutwum, Mr Kofi Asare said tertiary institutions accepting grade D7 is not only reform to tertiary entry requirement by also an education strategic plan to increase tertiary enrollment from 19% to 40% by 2030.
“I agree with Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on the need to reform tertiary entry requirements not only to achieve the Education Strategic Plan’s target of increasing tertiary enrollment from 19% to 40% by 2030,” Mr Asare stated.
The Education Economist and farmer in a social media post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the tertiary entry requirements reforms will also expand opportunities for academic and career progression for our youth.
For the Executive Director of the Education Think Tank, it does not make sense a student with a grade of D7 in Core Mathematics can pursue a Bachelors degree in a Technical University but not in a public University in the country.
“Does it make sense to you that one with D7 in Core Mathematics cannot pursue a regular entry Bachelors Degree in Ghana but can do the same in Europe or America?” Mr Kofi Asare quizzed.