Some students of the University of Professional Studies- Accra (UPSA) have expressed displeasure over the imposition of interim Students Representative Council (SRC) executives on the student body by the University’s management.
The appointment of the interim management committee executives that will handle the affairs of the Students Representative Council (SRC) for the 2020/2021 academic year was highlighted in a communique issued by University’s management.
Most of the students upon hearing this news lamented and opposed this decision from management. Among these students were aspirants who were vying for various SRC portfolios.
These aggrieved students were aggravated by what they term as ‘management’s failure’ to involve them in the decision taken.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on the Morning show Campus Exclusive on Radio Univers 105.7fm, one of the aggrieved SRC aspirants, Mr. Reginald Boateng indicated that the University’s management did not notify any of the aspirants before appointing the interim executives.
“To our surprise, what happened is that we were not notified, there was no formal communication to us, there was nothing, we were not regarded in the decision making, and that is why we were quite surprised when Monday around 7: 30pm there were these letters hovering around on our whatsapp platforms that such persons have been appointed to take care of the SRC. So after the pronouncement was made I tried called calling some members of the executives to find their stance on such a decision and how it affect the entire SRC, and to my surprise all the executive members that I called have no knowledge about the appointment of an interim management committee”
Mr. Reginald however opined for a proper consultation between management and all stakeholders of the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) before taking any decision affecting the leadership of the student body.
“We are not in normal times and so there is the need for an interim management committee but then before this committee will be arrived at there should be a proper stakeholder negotiations with the aspirants, executive committee members and the general assembly as well.”
The coronavirus pandemic and the closure of school has led to the appointment of interim executives in many tertiary institutions across the country including the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Story by: Peters Ottu | universnewsroom.com