Zenith University College’s Rector, Stephen Takyi Asiedu is calling on the parliament to allow for the admission of students with a D7 in core subjects in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.
At the moment, students with a D7 pass mark in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in their West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results, are not given admission by the universities.
Mr Asiedu said this in relation with his school’s admission process. He said that in the past, the school was admitting over 2,500 students every academic year, but the number had reduced to 1,800 in recent times.
The Parliamentary select on education had paid a visit to the school on Monday. Mr Asiedu took the opportunity to bemoan the negative effects of the law on the school.
Speaking to Citi News he said:
If D7 had been a pass mark that one could use to enter the university, we would have had a number of students enrolling in our programme.”
He continued that the law has compelled them to reject students with D7 pass marks, reducing the number of students admitted into the school.
In recent times, the rate of failure in WASSCE has been an alarming one across secondary schools in the county. This had motivated the forum which was held by the Education minister and stakeholders to discuss strategies to avert the situation.
Also bearing this in mind, Mr Asiedu pleaded with the Members of Parliament (MPs) to revisit the policy as it is affecting the tertiary sector and students as well.
To lay emphasis on his plea, he went ahead to argue that since the D7 mark is indicated as a Pass in its interpretation, it should also be recognized as a pass mark.