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In Northern Region Over 70 students of St. Vincent College of Education sacked for performing poorly

The students who have been sacked used grade D7 in English, Mathematics and Science to gain admission into the college.

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The officials of St Vincent College of Education at Yendi in the Northern Region have dismissed over 700 students from the institution for poor academic performance.

According to Accra-based Citi FM, the students used grade D7 in English, Mathematics and Science to gain admission into the college.

In a letter signed by the Principal of the College, Erasmus Nario Multi said the decision after they received a directive from a directive from the Executive Secretary for the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).

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The decision was taken at a meeting with principals of public colleges of education. The said meeting was called at the instance of the Minister for Education Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

The letter addressed to one of the students said: “it was resolved that all unqualified students must be withdrawn from the colleges forthwith.”

“We have been formally instructed to withdraw all unqualified students who do not meet the current minimum entry requirements into public colleges of education. It is in line with this directive that we the management of St Vincent College of Education, Yendi, are writing to formally inform you that your ward/student….whose submitted grades do not meet the current criterion of entry into a public college of education is withdrawn from the college forthwith,” it added.

The entry requirements of tertiary institutions in Ghana for applicants with West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results are supposed to among other things have good grades ranging from A1 to C6 in the core (English, Mathematics and Science) and elective subjects.

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However, the officials of St Vincent College of Education said although they admitted students who had D7, they informed them of the consequences if they did not better their grades.

“It should be noted that on admission, your ward was formally informed by the Assistant college secretary Mr Solomon Zakaria through direct telephone calls and orally upon arrival on campus, that if they are unable to redeem the unqualified grades on time (prior to the formal verification of admitted students), they will be withdrawn from the college,” the letter added.

The school further assured the affected students that “all items or services for which your ward might have paid, and yet have not been provided or supplied, would be refunded once the College reopens for the 2nd semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.”

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