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UG: “Take advantage of UTAG strike to prepare for exams” – SRC advises students

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The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ghana has advised students to take advantage of the current strike by the University Teacher’s Association of Ghana (UTAG) to adequately prepare for their end-of-semester examinations.

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He says that the industrial action by the lecturers presents a fine opportunity for students to catch up with their studies.

Aikins Opoku also urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, meet with the aggrieved lecturers and arrive at a consensus so they can return to the classroom.

“As an SRC, we side strongly with the position of NUGS and USAG that the government and the teacher union should sit down as a matter of urgency and come out with a consensus because at the end of the day the students will always be at the receiving end. We have exams to write and level 400s have to graduate so government must address the needs of the teachers so they return to the classroom. But in the interim, as an SRC we would encourage our students to use this opportunity to revise and learn.”

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Speaking on the SRC’s petition to University authorities over moving academic activities online, Aikins Opoku stressed that the surge in Covid-19 cases makes it necessary for such a decision to be taken.

“As an SRC we are doing so much to ensure that we sensitize our students on observing Covid 19 protocols on campus. We are saying that looking at the alarming rate and the advice given by a reputable institution like the Noguchi memorial institute, we believe strongly that if the remaining lecturers, IAs, and exams are moved online it is only going to augment the efforts of the university and the SRC to reduce the spread”

Aikins Opoku also disclosed that university authorities have been made aware of situations where persons who test positive for the virus still interact with their colleagues.

“We stated clearly in our release that we would not want to reveal the identities of the affected students however, we have communicated the information to management and the appropriate quarters and we believe strongly and know that the appropriate quarters are taking steps to rectify that particular problem,” he said

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