THE University of Education, Winneba, has turned away 2,707 qualified applicants at its Kumasi and Mampong campuses due to limited facilities and resources.
Out of the number, 2,460 qualified for admission at the College of Technology Education (Kumasi Campus) while 247 were for the College of Agriculture Education (Mampong Campus).
“It was a painful decision to take but the circumstances demanded it,” Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of the university, said at separate matriculation ceremonies at the two campuses last Saturday.
At the Kumasi Campus, 1622 fresh students comprising 1507 males and 584 females registered and were accordingly matriculated while the Mampong campus matriculated 359 students 52 of whom are females to undertake various undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
Speaking at the ceremonies, the vice-chancellor observed that even though the two colleges had achieved a lot within the few years they had been in existence, they still faced challenges especially in respect of decent residential and office accommodation for staff, student accommodation, lecture theatres, laboratories and other teaching and learning facilities.
He consequently appealed to the government and civil society to come to the aid of the university.
In spite of the challenges, Prof Asabere-Ameyaw stated that the university had put in place measures to ensure that the university achieved its vision.
“The university is positioned to provide the training needs of all categories of persons who aspire to become great teachers and is poised to provide at its best what can be described in any part of the world as excellent teacher education.”
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw indicated that the university was committed to ensuring that students who enrolled on its programmes maintained academic excellence to become competent in their professions.
The vice chancellor asked the students to take their studies seriously to enable them to come out fully qualified to meet the challenges in their profession.
“Whether or not our mission to produce excellent, well-grounded teachers who will meet the challenges of our time is fully realised will largely depend on how well you take advantage of the opportunities the university offers,” he told the students.
Meanwhile, the College of Agriculture Education (Mampong Campus) of the University of Education Winneba, has sacked seven second-year students for poor academic work.
A statement from the office of the assistant registrar’s office of the college said 10 others have been put on probation and asked to improve on their performance or get the sack.