Benjamin Akoto, GNA
Abetifi (E/R), Nov. 8, GNA - The President of the Presbyterian University College of Ghana (PUCG), Reverend Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng, said the Centralized Applications and Placement System (CAPS) when finally operational will ensure that students are distributed in parity across the universities.
According to him, this system will also guarantee that the private universities get a fair share of students.
Prof. Adow- Obeng made the statement when he addressed the 13th graduation ceremony of the PUCG at Abetifi in the Eastern Region.
A total of 702 students graduated from ten programmes of the University of which 349 are males representing 49.7 per cent and 353 being females representing 50.3 percent.
Out of the number, 65 of the graduates had first class, while 326 obtained second class upper and 295 had second class lower with 14 getting third class and two had a pass.
The CAPS is a government policy which seeks to centralized applications and placement system where only one platform would be use for admission of freshmen and women into the Ghanaian public universities.
The proposed is system is expected to replace the multiple application system where a potential student had to buy admission forms for every public university that the student was hopeful to gain admission.
However with the CAPS, a potential student will only have to buy a voucher, go on to the CAPS platform and select three universities and nine programmes that he or she intends to study in terms of preference.
The students also have the option to accept or reject the university and programme offered after the universities have used their internal systems to admit them.
Prof. Adow- Obeng said the PUCG has decided to be on the CAPS platform and was currently working to improve its ICT infrastructure and redesign its admission forms and processes, so that they can be on the system when it was finally rolled out to enhance the visibility of the University.
He said the Tertiary Education Bill, which was before Parliament sought to create a single tertiary education regulatory body in Ghana which was good news for managers of private universities.
He indicated that, the new Bill will do away with affiliation and set out rules and guidelines for the establishment of private universities.
Prof Adow-Obeng said all these reforms in the tertiary education sector was relevant for national development and would have significant effect both positive and negative on private universities in Ghana.
Prof Adow-Obeng said PUCG had received accreditation to commence two undergraduate programmes, BSc. International Development and BSc. Computer Engineering and one graduate programme in Financial Risk Management.
The BSc. Computer Engineering programme is to be offered at the Obo campus of the College.
He described it as very important additions to the curriculum offered in the University and brings the undergraduate programmes to 17 and the Graduate programmes to five.
Prof Adow-Obeng further indicated that his outfit had received accreditation from the National Board for Professional and Technician Examination (NABPTEX) to run three years programmes for Higher National Diploma and Diploma Programmes from October, 2019 under the Board’s regulations.
The Higher National Diploma and Diploma Programmes which will be run by the School are Information Management and Technology, Event Management as well as Public Administration and Public Relations respectively.
He said these are professional programmes which will prepare the youth immediately for work and diversify the job opportunities available for the youth on the ridge and other areas where the campuses were located.