Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Clement Appah has advised students to speak up when it comes to matters concerning their academic and social well being on campus.
He maintained that, students should be bold enough to have such concerns addressed even if it involved their own lecturers.
“Anything that’s making you uncomfortable as a student, anything that is preventing you from getting what you’re here to get; report it. You’re not backstabbing your lecturer. We are here to make you comfortable”.
The Linguist also indicated that even though lecturers get to see the course lecturer evaluation reports, students should also demand for the student conservative assembly from their departments
The Student Conservative Assembly is a meeting where all course representatives from every level present issues bothering them to their Head of Department (HOD) and the entire department for their problems to be properly addressed.
“The lectures get to see their evaluation and I don’t think it comes early enough. Sometimes it delays a bit. So possibly the next time the lecturer is teaching he may not have seen the feedback.
There’s also another level aside the course advising thing but if you don’t find it in your department, demand it. It is called the Student Conservative Assembly.”
In addition, he pointed out that it is wrong for students to go directly to their lecturers for remarking and it is equally wrong for lecturers to take it upon themselves to remark and make threatening comments of reducing the marks of the student if in her remarking she realizes that the already awarded marks were accurate.
Dr. Appah thus explained that there was an official way of going about remarking that fits the University’s criteria.
“The University presidium is that if you feel that you expected to do better than you actually did then you have to go and apply for remarking. That is the official position of the University. You apply for remarking and you pay for it.”
Dr. Clement Appah is a senior lecturer at the Linguistics department.
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom.com