The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has this year achieved its target of increasing female student population by 40 percent within ”the shortest possible time” as was promised by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Obiri-Danso when he was investiture into office some four years ago.
“The Vice-Chancellor’s initiative to increase females in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is yielding fruits. We were able to increase female admission this year by 827 which represents 40% female population,” according to Prof. Steve Amisah, Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the school is pushing towards achieving a 50/50 male and female population.
The University, as part of efforts to boost this advancement, made modifications in entry requirements for female student applicants to significantly encourage them to patronize those related programmes for the benefit of the society in 2017.
Prof Obiri-Danso, in a speech read on his behalf at the 2019 matriculation ceremony, admonished the newly ushered junior members of the university to carefully observe rules and regulations in the school.
“You have rightfully sworn an oath to observe all the rules and regulations of this university, obey those rules as required, study diligently to promote the good image of this prestigious university,” he said.
KNUST, Ghana’s premier Science and Technology Tertiary Educational Institution, received a total of 56,548 applications for the 2019 admissions, and out of this 43,877 had the nod, having qualified by the standards set by the National Accreditation Board, as well as the KNUST’s own internal requirements.
22,011 had been admitted as at the time of the matriculation into the undergraduate and postgraduate levels out of which 13,189 are males and 8,887 females.
They were admitted to the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Art and Built Environment, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, and the Institute of Distance Learning.
Story by: Jennifer Osei/internewsnetwork.com