The authorities of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) have vowed to weed out all applicants, who through dubious means gain admission into the institution. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Domwini Kuupole, who announced this on Saturday, said two people who used fake results to gain admission into the university have been exposed. One of the applicants was arrested when he attempted to register, and helped the police to arrest the other, who is the brain behind the scheme. A third person is currently at large but the police have mounted a search for him. “We wish to take this opportunity to inform all would-be applicants that the university obtains results of the SSCE with pictures of applicants annually from the West African Examination Council to cross-check with the applications received,” Prof. Kuupole cautioned. Prof. Kuupole was speaking at the matriculation ceremony of fresh students for the 2015/16 academic year. 5,234 students out of the 10,900 qualified applicants gained admission to pursue courses such as law, medical sciences, social sciences, business, agriculture, nursing among others. Out of the figure 117 are pursuing PhD, 402, Masters Students, whilst 4,715 undergraduates.
He therefore warned people who colluded with others to gain admission into the University to stop the practice because “they will definitely be found out and punished accordingly”. Prof. Kuupole reminded the students that their programme of study were to enable them to advance knowledge, conduct creative research and scholarship, and apply that knowledge to address social problems. “As a student of this university you are required to render service to society,” he declared and tasked them to endeavor to be truthful, committed, dedicated and above all disciplined, to enable them to achieve their goal. The Vice Chancellor said the university had set up a fund, ‘Students’ Emergency Relief Fund (SERF)’ to support students who were genuinely disadvantaged and could not cope with their stay on campus. This year, a total of 138 continuing students benefited from the fund, Prof. Kuupole said and urged new students who may require some help in respect of the payment of fees to contact the Dean of Students Affairs for consideration. UCC has made an appeal to Non-Governmental Organisations and philanthropists to contribute to the fund to help sustain it.