It has greatly been the major concern of many Ghanaians about the free Senior High School (SHS) policy introduced by the NPP government led by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the capabilities of the various tertiary educational institutions in Ghana to admit as many qualified Ghanaians as possible from the free SHS graduates into their respective educational institutions.
Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has boldly assured all Ghanaians with doubts that UEW is very ready to admit the free SHS graduates into the University. This is due to the expansion, improvement and development the University has made in its infrastructure.
He (Vice Chancellor of UEW) further stated that the University clearly wants to associates itself with the successes of the wonderful project (free SHS project) of the Akufo-Addo led NPP government.
The Vice-Chancellor on Monday, 7th September, 2020 said this during a press briefing held at the Council Chamber, North Campus, UEW on the University’s readiness to receiving the first batch of the free SHS graduates.
“We want to associate ourselves with the successes and to assure the nation that this University is very ready to receive the pioneer graduates of the free Senior High School who are currently completing their WASSCE examinations,” he stated.
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni indicated that it was always in the good books of UEW under his leadership to improve its infrastructure even with the problem of limited resources in support of the commendable idea of H.E Nana Akufo-Addo. The University predicted the free SHS policy was always going to come with problems of access to to Universities including UEW.
“We set out, within the two years of my administration, to construct 14 lecture theatres
across Winneba, Kumasi and Asante-Mampong
campuses. It may interest you to know that ten of
these 14 lecture theatres are located at headquarters here in Winneba and l am happy to announce that eight of the 14 lecture theatres have been completed and they will be commissioned this month by His Excellency the President while the other six are at very advanced stages of completion”, he further explained.
He continued that, “Secondly, there is a construction of the student centre, one if its kind, a ones top shop for all the student related matters which is hopefully going to be commissioned within the next two months. There is the Technology Block at the Central Campus of the
University which is complete. This five storey block is inclusive of seven lecture halls, each with the seating capacity of at least 200 students. There are five classrooms each with the seating capacity of 30 students. There are four separate customised roomns which holds 150 students. Within that building we also have a 400-seater auditorium performance theatre, there is a library; there is a student lounge; there are offices for lecturers; there is a cafeteria; there is an ICT centre and other facilities”.
Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni also disclosed that the University had renovated its Faculty Blocks and the North Assembly Hall into a modern auditorium for seminars, conferences, lectures and other activities.
He said, “We have been concerned and we are preparing very seriously to take care of the holistic health of our incoming as well as continuing students. For this reason, we have upgraded our North and South campus dining halls into modern restaurants and we have also built a food court at the faculty enclave. There are as many as 14 shops at the food court where all kinds of foods are going to be served there”.
Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni touched on the University Management’s plans to at least complete sections of three of the University’s 2,000 bed capacity hostels for occupancy by students.
“More importantly Management through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, is collaborating with our local businesses with some very credible hostels to support the effort of the University”.
“Lots of buildings are spring up. Many of them are in readiness to receive our incoming as well as continuing students,” Prof. Afful-Broni concluded.