The University of Ghana has begun academic work for the second cohort of its modular system effective today, April 6, 2021.
The current system forms part of management’s determination to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic among students.
The second cohort is rolled out for levels 200 and 300 students of the institution.
The students are expected to undergo six weeks of teaching and learning activities which shall be carried out mainly online, one week of revision and two weeks dedicated for end of first semester examinations as far as the 2020/2021 academic year is concerned.
“Personally, I am excited to return to school after a long stay at home. Inasmuch as I look forward to completing my academic work for this first semester successfully, I will also try to balance other aspects of my life to forestall boredom. I hope it goes well,” a level 300 student shared.
Why the modular system?
University authorities have explained that the decision to run a modular system for the 2020/2021 academic year is a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Mrs. Lydia Nyarko-Danquah, who is the head of the teaching and examinations unit at the Academic Affairs Directorate, in an earlier interview told UniversNews that the decision was aimed at reducing COVID-19 spread among members of the University community.
“We are running the double-track because we care about our students’ health. Covid is with us and we cannot take it for granted. We are running it so we keep to the protocols, keep our students safe and make sure that our students also get the quality that they need,” Mrs. Nyarko-Danquah said.
The first cohort of the modular system
The University of Ghana enrolled a similar nine-week module for first and final year undergraduate students.
In the course of the first cohort, a number of issues ranging from weak WiFi connectivity on campus to navigating on the Sakai Learning and Management System (LMS).
The semester ended on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
Some students described the period as hectic as academic activity which, hitherto, was undertaken in about 13 weeks was forced into the 9 weeks.
The level 100 and 400 students are expected to report back on campus between Thursday, June 17, and Sunday, June 20, 2021, for the start of their second semester of the academic year.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com