Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) has rejected the proosal to conduct entrance examinations to admit prospective students into the university for the 2020/2021 academic year.
This comes after the university held a meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Great Hall, Gardener conference room.
In a communique addressed to all provosts of the university highlighting deliberations on modalities for the completion of academic work for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, the said meeting suggested that WAEC could conduct WASSCE examinations in September 2020 necessitating admission of freshers in January 2021.
The communique signed by the Senior Assistant Registrar (Affiliations) reckoned that it would be inappropriate for universities to conduct entrance examinations for prospective students due to the same challenges/danger concerning social distancing.
Knust cited further reasons such as the inappropriateness of using continuous assessments and class performance for admission into the university as it may not give fair assessment criteria for admission.
The suggestions according to the communique are to deal with all associated challenges.
Following this, the university has also considered a plausible adjustment to its academic calendar citing instances of reopening academic work by the middle of May should the COVID-19 situation improve.
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Meanwhile, Ghana’s coronavirus case counts have risen sharply to 287, an update by Ghana Health Service late Monday, April 6, 2020, has revealed.
At the last count, confirmed Covid-19 cases stood at 214, implying 73 new persons have tested positive for the deadly virus.
“The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1),” the Ghana Health Service stated on its dedicated page for Covid-19 updates.