-KNUST says it is ready to absorb the growing number of students to be admitted into university in 2020
- The university says it is well-positioned to admit more students as the first batch of Free SHS students prepare for tertiary education
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is set to admit over 23,000 extra students in 2020.
According to management, the university is well-positioned to admit more students from the first batch of Free SHS students.
There have been growing concerns over whether the various tertiary institutions would be able to absorb all the students coming out of the second cycle institutions.
Responding to this, Acting University Relations Officer, James Oberko said KNUST will have no problem admitting more students.
He said the university has expanded its infrastructure and will be in a position to admit 23, 000 more students next year (2020).
Currently, KNUST has a student population of just about 55,000, Mr. Oberko further revealed.
“KNUST set off to increase access to the University by expanding its infrastructure and as you’ve seen from our visit, we’ve done a lot and we’ve a lot. We are almost close to finalizing it and when all the infrastructure are set, KNUST will be in a position to admit about 23,000 more students,” he said following a media tour to inspect some infrastructural projects in the school.
“Thankfully, we are in talks with the government. They know what we are doing and we are dialoguing about priority projects so as and when the government meets us on the way, we are likely to do far more than 23,000 students."
He added that the projects are expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year.
According to him, the plan is to ensure that there is enough infrastructure to accommodate the first batch of Free SHS students.
“In fact, the plan is to complete all the projects before the admission of the first batch of free SHS students for the 2020/2021 academic year, so any moment before the admission begins, the projects are set to begin,” Mr. Oberko stated.
He said the KNUST management is also in talks with the Ministry of Education for more lecturers to be employed to correspond with the increase in number of students.
“Once numbers go up, all allied things that need to be taken care of, would be taken care of, including security and more lecturers,” he added.
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