Management of the University of Ghana has heeded the calls from students requesting an extension of the calendar for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Students will now have twelve weeks of academic activity instead of the initial nine.
This was settled on at a meeting between university authorities led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu and student leaders of the univeristy.
At the meeting which was held at the Great Hall of the University, the acting president of the Students Representative Council, Kwame-Amo Ntwo-Fianko, among other things, proposed that the mode of learning will be face-to-face.
He also requested that students will be given at least 14weeks to complete their assessments.
“We also propose that the examination will take 30% and there should be an additional four to five weeks which will facilitate assessment at a score of 70%. In expatiating this, we are proposing that students will be given at least 14 weeks to complete the assessment which covers majority of work done for the semester,” he requested.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, after a brief consultation with other management members, agreed to grant an extension to the period for academic activities.
The application of the extension, will, however, be at the discretion of faculty.
“We will go through the normal nine weeks of learning within which you will try and submit your assignments. If for any reason you are unable to submit your assignment, we will grant you a three weeks extension so you submit your assignments,”
Meanwhile, Prof. Oduro Owusu indicated that the University cannot rescind its decision to run a modular system for the 2020/2021 academic year because of the Covid-19 situation on the campus of the university.
According to him, the data of Covid-19 infections among members of the university community was alarming, hence, it will be unhealthy to allow all students to return to campus at a goal.
He also debunked the assertion that there were no recorded infections among students who returned to campus last year to complete the 2019/2020 academic year.
“The times in which we are in are extremely unsual. We have to ensure that we reduce our density in terms of population on campus. The data that we have of Covid-19 infections on this campus is extremely alarming. Thinking through, the idea is that we thin out and I think this is an application of wisdom to the best of my knowledge. IF we allow all students to come on campus, I bet you, we may have to lock down this university somewhere along the line. The assertion that when students came on campus to complete the semester nothing happened is certainly not true. We did not get students to know the figures so all that we did was that, once you get infected, we ask you to go home or at that time, we even had an isolation centre, we put you there quietly but the situation is not healthy.
He also assured students that the running of the modular system is going to be temporal.
He described the intervention as a crisis management situation.
“It is not going to be a temporal feature. It is a temporal thing that will enable us to run the academic year and then we hope to restore the academic year. I call it a test run. It’s just a crisis management situation and I want everyone to understand and cooperate,” he said.