A total number of 8, 578 students have graduated from the University of Education in Winneba(UEW).
There were 927 postgraduate students, 4,789 Bachelor of Education students; 2,779 and 83 Diploma and certificate awards, respectively.
Addressing the 21st congregation of the University of Education over the weekend, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mawutor Avoke revealed the University of Education Winneba intends to introduce more programmes to improve teacher education in the country.
“Distinguished Chairman, UEW continues to improve the accessibility of its academic programmes. I am delighted to announce that new graduate programmes have been developed in this regard.
The M.Phil (Early Childhood Education) is currently running and heavily subscribed.Moreover, the University intends to mount programmes such as M.Sc. Agriculture Education and M.Sc. Environmental & Occupational Health, B.Sc. Natural Resource, B.Sc. Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship, B.Sc. Chemistry Education and B.Sc. Information and Communication Technology,” he noted.
He announced that the university has launched user a friendly digital mobile application to enhance distance education across the country.
This he said would serve as a tutorial platform for subscribers. “The University as a pace setter for Distance Education in Ghana, is the first University to mount its Distance Education Course Materials as DE Application on google play-store for easy access by its distance students.
The Application is user friendly with unique features such as video conferencing, fora, chats, assignments, among others, and will make tutorial materials accessible as well as enhance student’s learning,” he stated.
The Vice Chancellor added that the university has sponsored over 47 senior lecturers on scholarship for PhD programmes. The chancellor of the University of Education Winneba, Alhaji Asuma Banda appealed to the government of Ghana to prioritize job opportunities for graduates.
According to him, allowing students to work while schooling would help them gain experience in the job market before graduation.
This he said would curb the teeming graduate unemployment in the country. Reading the valedictory speech, the 2016 overall best graduating student, Yaya Kweku Antwi appealed to the government to lift the employment embargo on public sector in order to employ the thousands of graduates.
“We would like to plead with the government to, in the short term, lift the embargo on employment. In the long term, however, government should consider an automatic placement for UEW Product, since teachers are needed all over the country,” he lamented.