Academic institutions have been affected massively by the aftermath of a worldwide halt on daily routines and businesses. The Corona Virus pandemic though gradually abating, has left in its trail shattered plans and messed up institutional cycles and calendars.
The University of Ghana has over the pandemic period opted for online teaching and learning in a bid to comply with COVID-19 protocols. The school only obliged to let in students who pursue courses that need a hands-on approach or a mano-o-mano interaction with lecturers through practical sessions.
Most of the plans put forward by tertiary institutions in Ghana have been tentative, subject to the directives of the Presidency. Yesterday, September 11, 2020, the University of Ghana’s Business and Executive Committee came out with its proposed calendar for the 2020/2021 academic year after a meeting they had on September 10, 2020.
The proposed calendar sees Level 200 and Level 400 students being the first segment of the undergraduate school to resume academic work. Their academic work for the first semester of 2020/2021 academic year has been slated to run between Monday, November 2, 2020 and Friday, December 18, 2020. The revision week is set to follow suit from Monday, December 21, 2020 to Friday, December 31, 2020 with exams slated to come off between January 4, 2021 and January 18, 2021.
The first semester for Level 100 and Level 300 students is also set to run concurrently. Teaching will span the duration of Monday, February 1, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021 whereas revision and exams are slated to come off between the periods of Monday, March 15, 2021 to Friday, March 19, 2021 and Monday, March 22, 2021 to Sunday, April 11, 2021 respectively.
The University’s management however reiterated the tentative nature of all these plans as they are subject to directives from the Government of Ghana. Most tertiary institutions are yet to make their plans public, awaiting further instructions from the Presidency.
By: Prince Kofi Guadzi.