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EduWatch petitions Education Minister to scrap Agric from SHS

Africa Education Watch after the Minister for Education asked public tertiary institutions to consider students with D7 in WASSCE for admission has appealed for Agric course to be scrapped from Senior High School (SHS) curriculum.

The Executive Director of the Education Think Tank, Mr Kofi Asare who made the petition on behalf of his outfit said the Ministry is wasting the time of SHS Agric students who cannot go and read BSC Agric in a Public University.

“Another incongruity lies in the Physics, Chemistry Biology requirement for BSC Agric. If only science students qualify to read BSC Agric, then scrap Agric from SHS because we are wasting the time of SHS Agric students who cannot go and read BSC Agric in a public University,” he said.

The Education Economist and Policy Analyst in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the Ministry of Education (MoE) alternatively can introduce BA Agric and rank it at the same level as BSC Agric at labour market entry-level.

On the Minister for Education call for public tertiary institutions to accept grade D7 in WASSCE for admission, the Executive Director of the Think Tank said the move would increase tertiary enrollment from 19% to 40% by 2030.

He said the tertiary entry requirements reforms will not only help the government achieve the education strategic plan of increasing university enrollment but also expand opportunities for academic and career progression for our youth.

Speaking at the swearing-in and inauguration of Governing Councils of some public technical Universities, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said aggregate D7 in WASSCE should not be a barrier to a students admission into the tertiary.

He said His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to ensure all free SHS beneficiaries continue their education at the tertiary level has added more diploma programmes to the programmers offered by various institutions.

“President has set an agenda of 40%, what it also means is that you have to start looking at your programmes, more diploma programmes so that students sitting home with D7 will find a place in your institution,” Mr Osei Yaw stated.

The Bosomtwe MP at the ceremony added that “we shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for prospective students accessing tertiary. We must support them to take various diploma programmes so that after that they can go to work.”

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