Public Universities across the country have agreed to increase their student intake for the 2013/2014 academic year.
This was the outcome of the meeting between the president and chairman of the universities councils and past and present vice chancellors.
Parents and students have expressed concern about the capacity of the universities to absorb students from the two streams of Senior High School.
Addressing the media at the Flagstaff House, Deputy Information Minister, Murtala Mohammed said the public universities will admit more students to address the challenge.
“For those who desire tertiary education, the President noted that most of the public universities have space to increase enrollment. Some of them will increase up to 10 to 15%. In fact, the University for Professional Studies for instance will increase enrollment by 100% as compared to what they took last year.”
In relation to the University of Ghana, the school will increase its enrollment by 15% “while the University of Science and Technology will admit an additional 25 to 35%. The University of Education, Winneba, has space for an additional 40 to 60%. University of Mines in Tarkwa will accommodate an additional 15%. University for Development Studies and the two new Universities all have spaces to increase in terms of percentages.”
The private universities according to the minister are expected to absorb the additional demand.
Mr. Mohammed added that funds have been made available to the universities to undertake expansion projects.
“Few months ago, government raised GHc7.6 million to the universities for expansion projects. The GHc7.6 million has been released to GETFund, so theirs is to execute those projects and submit the necessary documentations for payment… Government has also raised GHc3 million to take care of furniture.”
He assured parents and students that there is no cause for alarm because “government is doing everything possible to accommodate the two streams, so that, young men and women will not be affected because of the implementation of the two streams.”