Who still has a voice?
Who still has the interest of students at heart?
We always thought the threshold would be so far from us.
We prided ourselves in our overheated imaginations that we would never get to this point. But reality has once again dawned, and we are faced with the unadulterated truth that indeed, NO ONE CARES!!
It now appears our voices are all we are left with, else we become the sufferers of insensitivity and victims of self-interestedness.
Accommodation on campus as it stands, has become much expensive than the reason it is being provided.
In some halls, students are scheduled to pay almost twice of what they used to pay.
Ordinarily, the views of students were to be sought through the representation of the SRC President at certain key meetings under which these amounts were finalized.
But unfortunately, we have an expired SRC President who is being supported to hold on to power by management under the guise of a committee of senior members set up to investigate alleged ‘election fraud’. The committee has failed to meet timelines set by themselves to submit their report. All we have received from management is flowery speech indicating no course of action. The SRC is in crisis.
We now have a National Service Personnel as our President. And as expected, he has failed to attend all these important meetings and so the views of students were not represented in any of these deliberations.
Students in the Diaspora (Limann, Kwapong, Sey and Nelson) are scheduled to pay GHc1,490.00 a semester, making the residential fee for the academic year now GHc2,980.00, 20 Ghana Cedis short of GHc3,000.00. How did we get here?
Yet, the competition for residential slots gets keener by the day. Most students are programmed to lose their residential status next academic year mainly because the university will depart from the double-track module and return to the normal semester system. Freshers are expected to come in at the same time.
All students who gained accommodation through the double track system are bound to lose it. The University is already heading towards a crisis, and the increase of residential fees only makes this imminent crisis more cataclysmic.
Several letters have been written to the school’s management to intervene in this looming crisis, but no response has been received.
There is a residential board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 7th December 2021. And since our SRC President and his group of executives are busy with their National Service duties, the over 40,000 students of the University of Ghana will still not have a voice where it matters.
Management has unfortunately fallen into a deep sleep, and students are left to face our fates alone. We may probably have to remind them that most of us fend for ourselves.
We may probably have to remind the management of University of Ghana that most of us cannot make the best of grades because we combine unstable work schedules with studying, just to be able to survive and pay our fees.
We may probably have to remind the management of the University of Ghana of the ordeal many parents go through to be able to pay the fees of their wards – and that it is highly insensitive to sit and watch the cost of on-campus accommodation to hit the roof at a time as this when many enterprises are still struggling to find their feet in the global economic turbulence.
Dear University of Ghana student, until these outrageous prices are reviewed, YENTUA!!
We cannot afford to pay close to double of what we used to pay with no justification. YENTUA!!
We will not be cowed into silence even if our SRC leadership seems directionless. YENTUA!!
I urge all students to hold on with the payment of their residential fees until all these issues are resolved.
If all we have left now is our voices, and we will use them until we lose them.
It costs absolutely nothing to be sensitive.
CONCERNED UNIVERSITY OF GHANA STUDENTS