Cape Coast — The University of Cape Coast (UCC) Centre for Continuing Education, on Monday, held its 2012/2013 matriculation ceremony for 10,722 students, making it the first matriculation ceremony of Professor D.D. Kuupole, the new Vice Chancellor who assumed office about two months ago.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Kuupole said out of 10,722 students admitted, 8,140 were pursuing various programmes in Education, while 2,582 were pursuing programmes in Business.
According to the Vice Chancellor, there was a 10% decrease in the number of applicants who could have been admitted, because there was slight increase in the pass mark, from 45% to 50% for the 2012/2013 calendar.
He said this restricted the number of passes to the most capable candidates. Additionally, he noted the measure was to ensure that students admitted to pursue programmes with the centre would complete the courses with respectable class.
He went on to say that in order to enhance distance education delivery, the centre had taken a number of measures to make the learning experience of the students more rewarding, as it has re-trained course tutors throughout the country, while a new trend in the content of the courses they teach had developed.
The Vice Chancellor added that new course tutors had been engaged to augment the existing number of tutors, as a way of ensuring that students who enroll into the various programmes had qualified tutors to handle their learning process.
Professor Kuupole said in order to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing both staff and the students in distance learning, a decentralisation process would be carried out to remove all the bottlenecks.
"There has been significant moves at decentralising the Centre's activities to the regional study centres for the Regional Resident Tutors to have the opportunity to address the needs of our students, before reporting to the centre," he pointed out.
The new Vice Chancellor announced that the UCC distance education would be upgraded into a College for Continuing Education before the commencement of the 2013/2014 academic year, to empower it to wean itself from the Faculty of Education, by taking responsibility for its own planning, and also to raise distance and lifelong education delivery to the next level in the country, as never happened before.
He disclosed that new positions such as Provost of the College, Directors of Institutes, administrative positions, as well as Coordinator roles would be created as a result of the impending expansion of the Centre to meet growing demands.
He, therefore, admonished the matriculates to attend the face-to-face sessions as regular as possible, so as to face the exams in good spirit.