The University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (UGSRC) has pledged to use all necessary means available to enhance WiFi performance and accessibility on campus.
Acting Head of the SRC Academic Affairs Committee, Abdul Salam Mohammed, pleaded with students to remain calm as his outfit continues to engage management to bring a positive conclusion to the challenge.
After three weeks of resorting to asynchronous and synchronous approaches to teaching and learning, students of the University of Ghana, have been lamenting the Wi-Fi shortfalls on campus.
Many students group under a single router in the quest to get strong access to the school’s Wi-Fi and join their zoom classes.
Several reports from students, have it that, on countless occasions, they get logged out of class sessions and are not able to rejoin due to poor Wi-Fi and Internet connection.
But students are being encouraged to expect better Wifi and internet experiences in the coming days as “we are doing all that is necessary to ensure that these things are dealt with.”
“This started with some lecturers not having the zoom premium account so you have about 600 students missing out on lectures. We had a meeting and after that, almost all of them were given a premium account,” he recounted on Campus Exclusive on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Amongst other reasons, Abdul Salam Mohammed attributed the poor Wi-Fi access on campus to the Senior Staff Association’s strike.
“We have to understand that UGCS is made up of various departments. They have organized another orientation for level 100s. They are the same people to ensure that the system, not only Wi-Fi but the online system is running.
“We have an insufficient number of Access Points (APs) on campus. Each AP has a required number of people who can connect to it at a particular time so the rest will have to be queued,” he added.
He, however, urged all students to be circumspect in their Wi-Fi usage, indicating that students should do their best to use the Wi-Fi for only academic purposes.
“We are an academic society. Some people will argue that in the light of academic freedom, you can’t restrict student’s access to some sites. For all you know it could be for a research purpose but if you connect and you’re using your Wi-Fi to download seasonal movies or series, the next person will not have the chance to do that because you are going to create what we call traffic in the system,” he pleaded.
Story by: Eunice Young | universnewsroom.com