CAPS will ensure parity in the distribution of students – PUCG President

By
Benjamin Akoto, GNA

Abetifi (E/R), Nov.
8, GNA – The President of the Presbyterian University College of Ghana (PUCG),
Reverend Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng, said the Centralized Applications and
Placement System (CAPS) when finally operational will ensure that students are
distributed in parity across the universities.

According to him,
this system will also guarantee that the private universities get a fair share
of students.

Prof. Adow- Obeng
made the statement when he addressed the 13th graduation ceremony of the PUCG
at Abetifi in the Eastern Region.

A total of 702
students graduated from ten programmes of the University of which 349 are males
representing 49.7 per cent and 353 being females representing 50.3 percent.

Out of the number,
65 of the graduates had first class, while 326 obtained second class upper and
295 had second class lower with 14 getting third class and two had a pass.

The CAPS is a
government policy which seeks to centralized applications and placement system
where only one platform would be use for admission of freshmen and women into
the Ghanaian public universities.

The proposed is
system is expected to replace the multiple application system where a potential
student had to buy admission forms for every public university that the student
was hopeful to gain admission.

However with the
CAPS, a potential student will only have to buy a voucher, go on to the CAPS
platform and select three universities and nine programmes that he or she
intends to study in terms of preference.

The students also
have the option to accept or reject the university and programme offered after
the universities have used their internal systems to admit them.

Prof. Adow- Obeng
said the PUCG has decided to be on the CAPS platform and was currently working
to improve its ICT infrastructure and redesign its admission forms and
processes, so that they can be on the system when it was finally rolled out to
enhance the visibility of the University.

He said the Tertiary
Education Bill, which was before Parliament sought to create a single tertiary
education regulatory body in Ghana which was good news for managers of private
universities.

He indicated that,
the new Bill will do away with affiliation and set out rules and guidelines for
the establishment of private universities.

Prof Adow-Obeng said
all these reforms in the tertiary education sector was relevant for national
development and would have significant effect both positive and negative on
private universities in Ghana.

Prof Adow-Obeng said
PUCG had received accreditation to commence two undergraduate programmes, BSc.
International Development and BSc. Computer Engineering and one graduate
programme in Financial Risk Management.

The BSc. Computer
Engineering programme is to be offered at the Obo campus of the College.

He described it as
very important additions to the curriculum offered in the University and brings
the undergraduate programmes to 17 and the Graduate programmes to five.

Prof Adow-Obeng
further indicated that his outfit had received accreditation from the National
Board for Professional and Technician Examination (NABPTEX) to run three years
programmes for Higher National Diploma and Diploma Programmes from October,
2019 under the Board’s regulations.

The Higher National
Diploma and Diploma Programmes which will be run by the School are Information
Management and Technology, Event Management as well as Public Administration
and Public Relations respectively.

He said these are
professional programmes which will prepare the youth immediately for work and
diversify the job opportunities available for the youth on the ridge and other
areas where the campuses were located.

GNA

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