College of Distance Education Matriculates 17,501 Students

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Story By: Theresah Nkruma, Cape Coast

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah has charged women to take up the challenge in empowering themselves academically.

He applauded women pursuing further studies for their initiative and determination, which he explained, would empower them in contributing towards the development of their communities and the country.

Prof. Ampiah said this at a matriculation ceremony for  students pursuing their programmes at the College of Distance Education (CoDE) of UCC in Cape Coast.

A total of 17,501 students comprising 16,682 undergraduates and 819 postgraduates have been admitted for the 2016/2017 academic year.

For the undergraduates, 12,312 students are pursuing education related programmes while 4,370 are for business related programmes. They are made up of 9,019 males (54.1 percent) and 7,663 females (49.9 percent), showing an increase of 2.4 percent in last year’s female enrolment.

According to Prof. Ampiah, the high female ratio means the achievement of a male to female ratio of 50:50 in distance education.

He, therefore, encouraged the males and husbands to support women morally and financially to climb the ladder since such asistance would eventually be of benefit to the family.

On the promotion of academic excellence, Prof. Ampiah explained that a series of training and re-training programmes had been designed for the course tutors all over the country to improve their service delivery.

“Training programmes have also outlined permanent staff of the College in order to change their orientation and offer quality support services to our numerous clients,” he indicated.

He also said that the quality assurance unit of the College would ensure that quality pre-meates all aspects of activities and programmes, saying, “the Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance of the University superintends all these activities to also ensure total quality assurance.”

“With the decentralisation of the activities of the College to the various regions, students are encouraged to submit their challenges to their regional offices for a quick resolution,” he said.

The UCC Vice Chancellor admonished the students to take their studies seriously and adopt a disciplined lifestyle during their programme of study.