Presidential candidate in this year’s University of Ghana Students Representative Council elections, Prince Asumadu and his running mate, Wisdom Ndukwe have indicated that the foremost agenda in their policy document would focus on tackling the perennial accommodation issues faced by students of the university.
This revelation was made when both aspirants appeared on Radio Univers’ Campus Exclusive show to engage the University community on their policies and programs for the student populace.
Speaking on the show, Prince Asumadu indicated that issues of accommodation are of utmost importance, and as such he together with his running mate would seek to address the issue in two ways to create a congenial environment for teaching and learning.
“One of the most pressing challenges University of Ghana students face is about getting access to accommodation on campus to facilitate their stay on campus towards their academic activities.
The issue was mentioned by the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu at the matriculation ceremony for current Level 100 students where he revealed that the University of Ghana currently faces a 62% deficit in accommodation for its students’ population.
The plan we have is to address the challenge in two approaches and lessen the burden on students by using immediate and intermediate methods once we are voted into office. We would engage the University management and authorities of the halls located in the northern part of campus ( Pent, Evandy, TF, Bani, etc) to give full priority to students of the University when it comes to accommodation access in the short term whilst the SRC would assiduously to garner resources to work on the SRC hostel project which has been on the drawing board for a while in a bid to ease the accommodation challenges faced by students in the longterm”.
Furthermore, the candidates added that they will engage the management of the university to fully identify the challenges with the online system of teaching and learning and develop cogent policy measures to make academic activities seamless on campus.
“ We all know that online teaching and learning has become the new normal and as such the feedback we are picking from the grounds centre around issues of affordability and connectivity of the Internet to enable students to submit their assignments and take part seamlessly in their academic activities.
We will engage all the important stakeholders to give us a full brief on their experiences with the online learning management system deployed by the University to facilitate teaching and learning. We would also liaise with the University of Ghana Computing Systems to deploy more access points across all the installations on campus to provide better internet connection and more bandwidth for all students during their stay on campus”.