Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NO CASH...100 Students miss out on university education (LEAD STORY)

ABOUT 100 students from less-endowed schools in the country who gained admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) last academic year failed to register because of financial difficulties.
The registration fee was about GH¢200 for a fresh student.
The students, most of whom were admitted through the university’s special dispensation for students from less-endowed schools, therefore, had their dream of acquiring university education cut short.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa, who made this known, expressed concern over the situation and said something needed to be done to address future occurrences.
He was speaking at a ceremony during which the Nankani and Hagan Scholarship Scheme presented scholarships to 10 students of the university last Monday.
Second-year students in the faculties of Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmacy and the Sciences received the awards, with each getting GH¢300 for the rest of his or her education at KNUST.
The Nankani and Hagan Scholarship Scheme was instituted by the Nankani Family in memory of the late businessman, Mr S.T. Nankani. It is meant for meritorious second-year students in Medicine, Agriculture, Pharmacy and other areas of science.
Prof. Adarkwa said KNUST had put in place a financial services office which mobilised funds to support needy students.
He also revealed that the university had established an office which assisted students to work in certain areas of the institution to earn some money to support their education.
He said some student nurses, for instance, had taken advantage of the situation to work at the university hospital.
“This is the way many students finance their education elsewhere,” Prof Adarkwa said.
He described the Nankani and Hagan Scholarship Scheme as one of the best schemes at the university because it was national in character.
The vice-chancellor expressed the hope that other groups and organisations would emulate the example of the Nankani Family.
Prof Adarkwa urged the beneficiary students to take advantage of the support by taking their studies seriously.
The Chairperson of the trustees of the scheme, Prof Martha Tamakloe, said many students were in need of financial assistance and gave the assurance that the scheme would be sustained.
She expressed the hope that the students would use the funds judiciously.

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