Managements of private universities in the country have been urged to liaise with mobile telecommunication companies to supply sufficient data bundles to relieve students in their quest to participate in online learning activities.
President of the Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), Alswell Annan, who made the call also pleaded with private universities to not charge students any additional money for the online learning since students have already paid for school fees.
“I am of the view that it is time the managements of private universities woke up. I believe if indeed they have engaged the telcos and all those associations, we wouldn’t find ourselves wanting as my university students have found themselves in. So the students in schools that have made commitment of fees should not be charged an additional amount for the online learning,” he pleaded.
He, however, said government should not be blamed for the inability of some universities to carry out the online learning due to limited data supply.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Mr Annan recounted that provision of data bundles for online learning is mainly contingent on effective engagement between management of universities and the telecommunications, devoid of the university’s status, whether public or private.
“Some of these things are happening as a result of the management of the various universities engagement. So how Legon is run is different from how University of Allied Sciences will run. The issue of data what we can do is plead advocacy for that but the onus responsibility also lies on the management of the school,” he said.
Alswell Annan’s call follows the difficulty of some private universities in getting funds for data and the increase in data cost for students in the wake of online learning in the country over COVID-19.
Story by: Nana Adwoa Wiafe-Akenten | universnewsroom.com