The decision by university management to implement some form of face-to-face engagement for University of Ghana Level 100 students has received mixed reactions from the student populace.
In the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, students of UG had complained about the online teaching and learning introduced by university management due to the Covid-19 pandemic and measures put in place to curb the spread on campus.
Among other things, students were concerned about not interacting with their colleagues while on campus.
The Student Representative Council in a petition to University management on the cancellation of the modular system noted that “level 100’s last semester did not attend a single lecture with respect to UGRCs, all they got was slides and weekly assignments” which contributed to academic failure.
Shortly after news broke about management’s decision, the Acting SRC President, Kwame Amo Ntow Fianko, took to Twitter to express his joy.
Thats great news. Indeed the SRC is working. Lets forge on. https://t.co/E8PfV0mor5
— Kwame-Amo Ntow-Fianko (@NtowFiako) June 16, 2021
The Acting Head of the UG SRC Academic Affairs Committee, Abdul Salam Mohammed also described it as “a step in the right direction”
— Radio Univers 105.7FM (@univers1057fm_) June 17, 2021
Some students of the university are also elated by the decision by University management.
Nonetheless, other students believe the move is one-half of the solution; rather they propose management adds additional weeks to the semester.
The face to face is not important. Improve sakai and extend the lecture weeks. This is not important
— Jamal (@Jamal67126177) June 17, 2021
We are cool with the online
— Queen Sharweey (@sharweey) June 17, 2021
Just extend the lecture weeks please 🙏
— Seth Acquah (@SethAcq10290376) June 17, 2021
The above indicators beg the question: What do students of the University of Ghana really want?