Govt to establish Open University-Adutwum

The Minister for Education, Mr. Yaw Adutwum has revealed that his Ministry has initiated several interventions to meet their target and this includes the establishment of an Open University Ghana.

The Open University would be a stand-alone University that is expected to admit about 50, 000 qualified applicants across the country.

According to him, this has a huge potential to increase the Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio.

“Speaker, the Gross Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (GTER) increased from 18.84% in 2021 to 20% in 2022. This is a steady progress to the realization of the 40% by 2030.”

He explained that the government has committed to establishing five (5) new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Universities across the country to expand access in the field of STEM in Tertiary Institutions

He added the introduction of the No Guarantor Policy in the Student Loan Trust Fund will allow first-year students to access student loans to pay for admission fees into the tertiary (both Private and Public), unlike the previous years where only continuing students were considered for the loan.

He further stated that the expanded access to tertiary financial support under the No Guarantor Policy of the Student Loan Trust Fund is expected to increase tertiary enrolment.

He said the expansion in the infrastructure of existing tertiary institutions is to help the schools expand the capacity of tertiary institutions to enroll more students.

Meanwhile, the Minister has added that financial clearance has been granted to some tertiary institutions to recruit additional academic and non-academic staff.

He said the Ministry is currently engaging with stakeholders to adjust the minimum entry requirement from A1-C6 to A1-D7.

“This will consequently lead to increase in the number students at the tertiary institutions.”

He was responding to questions asked the member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso Dr. Stephen Amoah who asked the Minister for Education what working plan the Ministry has formulated in increasing the tertiary enrolment rate.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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