COVID-19: Admission of first year students in limbo – UHAS Vice-Chancellor discloses

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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Prof John Owusu Gyapong has indicated that first-year students may not be admitted into the university if the novel coronavirus persists for long.

According to him, UHAS will admit students once COVID-19 situations improve in the country since already, schools have been closed to curb the spread of the virus.

Speaking on JoyNews’ ‘Beyond The Lockdown’ programme to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Ghana’s education, Prof. Gyapong said the admission of students will follow once the final year SHS students write their WASSCE or any form of exams that will meet the university’s criteria in the selection of students.

However, he hopes the COVID-19 crisis will improve for first-year students to be admitted since the university has started receiving admissions from some prospective students who already have some results.

“I think once things improve, we will definitely be admitting students. Already there are people within the system who have put in applications because they have some results already. However, the bulk of our admissions will come from those who were anticipating will write our senior high school exams; the WASSCE. So it is our expectation that things would improve and then the WASSCE would be conducted or some form of assessment would be conducted through the West African Exams Council and then we would have criteria for selecting our students,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the UHAS VC has disclosed that the university has decided not to do an online assessment but will continue to engage students with online learning and provide them with the needed teaching materials.

According to him, their programmes are structured in a way that it would be difficult to assess the students online, largely because of the practicals and field works involved.


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