5 December 2012

Ghana: More Women Graduate At Central University College

It appears the Central University College (CUC) is fast becoming the preferred private university college for Ghanaian female students in recent times.

This is because for some years now, the number of females who graduate from the University College far out-number their male counterparts.

This year, for example, out of the 2,176 students who graduated from all the four schools forming the University College, 1,349, representing 62 percent, were women, with the 38 percent being men.

Addressing the congregation at this year's graduation ceremony of the CUC, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, president of the College, said, "Unsurprisingly, males in this year's graduation are in the minority, constituting only 38%.

"The percentage of females graduating, perhaps the highest since the University College was established, is 62%.

"This reversal of gender dominance in graduating figures is partly in accord with gender statistics at CUC, since females constitute 52% of the students population, and in this 2012-2013 academic year, 55% of students admitted and enrolled in the first year are females,", he noted.

Regarding to the crises CUC had in its admissions with the National Accreditation Board last academic year, Prof Yankah hinted that his outfit had planned to lead a campaign to replace the outmoded and rigid admission criteria with more flexible and realistic guidelines, such as prevailed in other parts of the world.

Prof. Yankah revealed that plans were far advanced for the CUC to establish a center for open and distant education in the various disciplines, to begin with business courses effective from next year.

He explained: "Currently, course modules are being written by course experts in preparation for the project, and a number of workshops have already been run for potential instructors and resource persons."

Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, who was the Guest Speaker, spoke on the theme: "Integrity and Work: A Christian Perspective" and advised the graduands to go onto the job market with integrity.

He advised: "As you graduate from here and enter into the job market, be a man or woman of integrity. Avoid duplicity and hypocrisy. Approach life and work with a strong moral consciousness."

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