The Petroleum Commission of Ghana has offered scholarships to some 10 selected female students of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) for their entire period of study on the University of Ghana campus.
The program was organized to acknowledge the contribution of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Ghana.
Speaking exclusively to UniversNews, the Finance Manager of the Petroleum Commission, Mr. George Addy-Morton stated that these scholarships were offered in the quest to increase female participation in the industry.
“One of the first things that confronted the petroleum commission is lack of technical skills especially in the hard-core engineering and technical areas.
“The petroleum commission had to put in place mechanisms and processes to ensure that this gap is bridged by encouraging the study of science and technology more particularly encouraging female participation.”
According to him, “if opportunities are granted to brilliant female students, they will go a long way to nurture and pass on whatever has been learnt to the next generation but we are all aware that the women deserve their place in these industries.”
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, revealed that the university has been making efforts in getting more females on board in such areas of study.
“Indeed, the university is very much appreciative of this support that you are providing for us in the form of scholarship for our women scientists in the making. It is very intriguing that you have chosen to support the women.
“At the University of Ghana, we’ve been making efforts to ensure that girls are well represented here. I think it was last year for our level 100 admissions that we had a little more females than we had males,” she said.
She added that “when you look at our science areas, the female representation is not great. It’s something that we’re still working on. For engineering, our overall female student population is about 24% and for mathematical and physical sciences, that’s even worse, 18%. We know that there’s a myriad of reasons why we have low representation of females in stem education and financing is just one of them.”
Provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Professor Daniel Kwadwo Asiedu, justified the selection of only females for the scholarship opportunities.
“Even though the female students constitute 40% of the total of about 7,200 undergraduate student population of the college, the female population of the above program is very low ranging from just 24 up to 30%. The objective, therefore, is to boost the female enrollment in these program,” he underscored.
The recipients expressed their delight and gratitude to the Petroleum Commission.
They include Dowana Victoria (Computer Engineering), Demaris Ofosu Nyarko (Information Technology), Safrega Mbama (Biomedical Engineering), Vicentia Yeboah-Asuamah), Buabeng Rosina Akyere (Agricultural Science), Priscilla Ama Benneh (Mathematical Science), Jochebed Kaki Torgbenu (Agricultural Engineering).