The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Education, is set to pilot Centralised Application and Processing Service (CAPS) for tertiary institutions in the country come November this year.
The CAPS for universities is to facilitate the processes of applying to tertiary institutions and obviate the stress, drudgery and expense entailed in separate applications to universities and other schools of higher learning.
The service is similar to the computer placement services available to applicants entering senior high schools.
At a sensitisation workshop for heads of tertiary institutions across the country, Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah told Adom News the service will widen access to tertiary education and promote efficiency and transparency as it reduces applicant’s stress and costs.
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Professor Yankah added that with the recent inauguration of a coherent tertiary education policy document, it should be possible for monitoring and ensure compliance with broad guidelines on national education policies including minimum requirements for admission, recommended gender ratios, quotas for international admissions, as well as admission policies that advance national goals and priorities.
The Deputy Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu reiterated that the draft policy would go through the necessary stakeholder engagements before it becomes a working document for implementation.
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He added that during this period of broad consultations, all necessary inputs from stakeholders must be forwarded to the NCTE or the Ministry to shape the final draft that would be sent to Cabinet.