In collaboration with Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and MasterCard Foundation, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has designed a certificate program that allows students who pursued Art subjects in A-Level to enroll for Science courses at university.
The program which has been dubbed Higher Education Certificate (HEC) will allow students to cross from arts to sciences and vice-versa. The program will be pursued for a period of one year by students from senior six after which they will be allowed to pursue an undergraduate course.
Apparently, this was aimed admitting students for undergraduate courses at university level, and later in tertiary institutions. According to the newly created HEC program, students like those who pursued HEG (History, Economics, and Geography) in A’ Level will now be allowed to study science courses like Electrical Engineering.
“Given the level of academic maturity and exposure to both arts and sciences, such candidates may be better placed for undergraduate university programmes than those who just specialized at the secondary school level” the HEC manual reads.
According to Prof Mary Okwakol, the NCHE Executive Director, the HEC program will increase the number of enrolled students for sciences and in higher education generally.
“We want the Higher Education system to be flexible where someone can enroll for arts or sciences,” Okwakol said.