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Regional News Mon, 27 Sep 2004

Minister urge Universities to deal firmly with indiscplined students

Tarkwa (W/R) Sept. 27, GNA- Mr. Joseph Boahen, Western Regional Minister on Sunday urged University authorities not to hesitate in dealing ruthlessly with indisciplined students.

He said there have been reports of very bad conducts and outrageous behaviour of some students in senior secondary schools in particular. Mr. Aidoo said it is these students who though appear as harmless as toads, get into the society and turn out to be wicked monstrous personalities.

He said some of these students undoubtedly filter through to the universities, which are "the last stop of human refinery process." Mr. Aidoo therefore, said "I will urge the authorities not to hesitate at all in dealing firmly with these misfits, miscreants and mischief-makers as and when they rear their ugly heads."

The Minister was addressing the 20th matriculation ceremony of the Western University College at Tarkwa on Sunday.

He advised the matriculants to be disciplined, law-abiding and completely dedicated to themselves to their academic pursuit. Mr. Aiddo told the students not to allow themselves to be used in anyway for political gains either inside or outside campus.

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" Strive hard to achieve your personal ambitions and fulfill the expectations of your parents and guardians and become adequately prepared for the challenges of life after graduation".

Prof. Kwesi Andam, Vice Chancellor, KNUST said religion has helped the University to achieve an extraordinary high moral standard on campus.

He said the matriculants would have to blame themselves if they engage in acts of immorality as well as examination malpractice. Prof. Andam noted that KNUST has been reconstructed into six component colleges, which would take off by December 1, this year. He said the new colleges are Agriculture and Natural resources, Architecture and Planning, Arts and Social Science, Engineering, Health Science and Science.

Prof. Adam disclosed that the Western University College would become a full-fledged university next year.

Prof. Daniel Mireku-Gyamah, provost of the College said, out of 1000 candidates who qualified fro admission only 240, including 19 females were admitted.

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He said the total number of female students, which now stands at 62 in a student population of 900, might not be significant but it's a breakthrough in mining environment that hitherto had been the preserve of men.

Prof. Mireku-Gyimah said this year, the College admitted four brilliant first class graduates, including a female into M Phil/PhD programmes whose studies were being supported with 160 million cedis from the GETFund.

He said the college needed a library, multi-purpose auditorium, two hostels and ICT facilities.

Source: GNA