Students at the University of Ghana are not happy that they would have to spend extra time in school as an industrial action by the University Teachers Association of Ghana has disrupted the institution’s academic calendar.
First and final year students of the University were scheduled to commence their end of second-semester exams on Saturday, August 7, 2021 but university authorities have resolved to put the exams on hold.
A notice from the Registrar explained that “The Business and Executive Committee of the University of Ghana at its meeting of 6th August 2021, decided to postpone the upcoming Level 100 and Level 400 second semester 2020/2021 academic year examinations due to the ongoing strike actions.”
Consequently, the reopening of school for second and third-year students of the University was also postponed.
Reacting to this, one student, who spoke to Univers TV, said that the development was going to affect them, particularly final year students.
“I’m not actually happy about it. We were informed that we will be starting exams this week and all preparations have been made and we were waiting to write the exams with eagerness, only to be informed that the exams have been postponed. It’s something that will affect us,”
Another student was worried that the delay in writing exams will have a rippling effect on other activities such as the period for National Service, which is planned in sync with the academic calendar of tertiary institutions.
“It’s really going to affect us. We were supposed to start NSS this year but I think postponement will shift things,” the final year student said.
University of Ghana is not the only tertiary institution that is experiencing a disruption in its academic calendar.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has also suspended its end-of-semester exams due to the ongoing strike.
UTAG says that will not call off its strike until the government heeds their demands.
They want the 2012 conditions of service to peg the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.