Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah has disclosed that the university is putting measures in place to enrol the first batch of the Free Senior High School students for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Speaking to the Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, during his visit to the institution, Professor Ghartey Ampiah stated that due to the estimated high numbers of SHS graduands expected to enter the University, pragmatic measures are being put in place to receive all of them.
He further stated that the university would need the help of the government to complete three out of eleven unfinished projects which are currently being funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
These projects are the School of Medical Sciences Lecture Theatres at the Amonoo-Kuofi Medical Village, School of Business Complex and the Science Annex Complex.
In his submission, he detailed that with the help of Internally Generated Funds (IGF), the university has nearly completed the construction of a 23-number lecture complex with capacity for 4,600 and another 25 number lecture complex which can take 5,000 students.
He also said that the University was working towards completing lecture hall facilities of the College of Distance Education (CoDE) in Ashanti, Greater Accra, Upper East, and Upper West Regions to meet the needs of students who would enrol through the distance mode.
“We plan to use the CoDE facilities in Accra to run regular programs in addition to distance so we are going to create a library and provide other facilities to ease the pressure on our main campus in Cape Coast,” he added.
Professor Yankah commended UCC for utilizing resources available to them to complete some projects on campus to reduce pressure on existing ones.
“This initiative represents vision with extraordinary expectation and I cherish such initiatives which are independent of government’s plans,” he said.
Professor Yankah further assured that the government would assist the university to begin work on the three projects before the next academic year begins.
Story by: Josephine Mawuena Azumah | universnewsroom.com with additional information from ucc.edu.gh