Grade D7 will never be admitted – UG Legon Lecturer replies Education Minister

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Political Marketing lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School Dr. Kobby Mensah has said that the Education Minister’s call for Senior High School(SHS) Graduates with D7 to be admitted to the University will never happen.

According to him, it’s a populist move by the Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum is just to pander to the electorates for votes but will never be considered by the various Tertiary Institutions in the country.

Dr. Kobby Mensah was reacting to this when he was asked on Twitter if the academic discourse community was going to heed the call.

The Political Marketing expert responded, “he just want to pander to the electorates for votes. But it’s not going to happen”.


Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Adutwum has mooted the idea of admitting students with D7 to the University.

The Education Minister said this when he delivered a short address at the swearing-in and inauguration of Governing Councils of some public technical Universities where he tasked them to “innovate” and create access programmes for D7 students.

“Our gross tertiary enrollment ratio is 18.8%, South Korea is 73.6%, so no nation has been able to show transformation without hitting 40 to 50% tertiary enrollment ratio.

“Mauritius is 40%, you go there and everything is changing. Our 18% will not change Ghana and that is why the President has set an agenda of 40%, what it also means is that you have to start looking at your programmes, more diploma programmes so that students sitting home with D7 will find a place in your institution.”

“There are institutions that are saying we are not getting the numbers but what happened to support students offering courses in diploma, electrical engineering and after that, you’re going to see the numbers going up and after that, they can go to work. And then if they want to continue they can continue. So we shouldn’t see D7 as a barrier for students accessing tertiary.”

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