UEW to expand facilities to make room for Free SHS leavers

By
Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Kumasi, Oct. 22, GNA – The University of
Education, Winneba (UEW) is initiating efforts to build more pavilions in all
its four satellite campuses to ease pressure on academic facilities as a result
of current increasing students’ intake.

The move also seeks to create room for the
absorption of the huge number of students under the free senior high school (FSHS)
policy expected to enter the tertiary level in 2019.

Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni,
Vice Chancellor of the University, announced this in Kumasi at the
matriculation ceremony for students admitted at the College of Technology
Education (COLTEK) for the 2018/2019 academic year.

A total of 3,196 fresh students comprising
3,016 undergraduates and 180 postgraduates were admitted to pursue various
programmes out of 4,680 applications received.

The Vice Chancellor said conscious efforts are
being made to expand and improve the existing academic user facilities to
guarantee convenience and smooth academic work.

The university, he said, as part of efforts to
increase the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) has provided
more computers and expanded its internet bandwidth from 80MBPS to 310MBPS.

This would enhance both academic and
administrative duties and also enable students to browse within a wider radius
on campus and its immediate environs.

“Our staff strength has also increased both in
numbers and quality. More lecturers have been recruited to beef up the teaching
staff”, he said. 

He said COLTEK continues to experience steady
growth since its integration into the UEW, adding that the academic board has
approved the addition of a new Mathematics Education Department in the Faculty
of Technical Education.

He told the fresh students that there was a
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund for brilliant but needy students and urged
them to take advantage to support themselves financially.

Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni said about 300
students have already benefitted from the fund which was available to only
Ghanaian students.

He advised them to abide by the rules and
regulations of the university and take their studies serious to achieve their
objective for enrolling.

GNA

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