The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a big blow to graduands across various academic institutions. Graduation ceremonies were and still are being carried on virtually; this has not settled down well with most students caught in the crossfire.
KNUST’s graduating batch of 2020 took to Twitter a few weeks ago to register their displeasure with a proposed virtual graduation ceremony. To further ruffle their feathers, the proposed compulsory fee of GH¢250.00 billed to graduands have also sparked a further uproar.
In an official petition submitted by a section of the institution’s 2020 graduating year group, the Concerned Graduands have put up a fight to hold on to any flicker of hope of having an in-person graduation. The petition submitted on September 1, 2020, by the concerned graduands commend the University’s authorities on their proactive approach to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The statement capitalizes on the effectiveness on observance of COVID-19 protocols on KNUST campus to proffer an alternative to the virtual graduation- an in-person graduation ceremony. The concerned students made reference to the easing of restrictions, the lifting of limits on number of people who can gather for ceremonies and finally the capability of KNUST to host the in-person graduation ceremony at one of its many well-furnished auditoriums as good enough reasons to hold the graduation in person.
A final resolve brought up in the statement released was for the University to make use of the Paa Joe Stadium should no auditorium suffice the needed space for the event. The reasons enumerated by the concerned graduands included the morale-boosting the in-person graduation will give them, the need to climax their toil with a much anticipated event which is seen as a befitting culmination of an exit from the university and finally it being a rite of passage and being skipped might have damning consequences on some individuals especially women.
On the issue of footing a GH¢250.00 bill for an online event, the concerned graduands suggested other solutions such as a reduction of the amount or an itinerary of items that sum up to the amount so students can select those they would want to part with.
The University’s management is yet to release any response to the official petition by the concerned graduands.
Source: hypercitigh.com | Prince Kofi Guadzi | Knust