Ghana is making strides toward achieving its gross tertiary enrollment target of 40 percent by 2030, according to Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education.
Speaking at the 15th Congregation, 5th session, of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Dr. Adutwum revealed that the country currently boasts a 20 percent gross tertiary enrollment, up from 18 percent in 2022.
“We were looking at getting to 30 percent by 2025,” said Dr. Adutwum. The congregation marked the graduation of 5,156 students in the entire 2022/2023 academic year, including 1,146 postgraduate, 3,106 undergraduate, and 904 diploma students.
Notable figures such as the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo, and Former Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood were conferred Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
Dr. Adutwum emphasized the government's no-guarantor loan initiative, stating that it would contribute to meeting the 40 percent enrollment target by addressing financial barriers to accessing tertiary education.
Professor Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, Vice Chancellor of UPSA, highlighted the significance of the honorary degrees, stating that they symbolized a lifetime of dedication, passion, and impact.
“Our honorees today come from diverse fields, each contributing in their unique way to the betterment of our society,” said Prof. Amartey.
He noted that the university had embraced the Free SHS policy and was constructing two hostels in anticipation of increased enrollment. Funds from the University's Vice-Chancellor Endowment Fund were deployed to support over 100 incoming students.
First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo expressed hope that their recognition would inspire girls and women to achieve greatness. She encouraged them to aim high and be the best in their pursuits.