Extend academic calendar by 3 weeks, provide data for students – UPSA SRC pushes

UPSA moves Second Semester exam online with each paper not exceeding 48 hrs

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra has written to the management asking for an extension of the academic calendar.

In a petition signed by the SRC President, Peter MwinZumah and sighted by UPSANEWSROOM.com Thursday, the Council has cited the nature of lessons carried on the school’s virtual platform as one of the reasons for its call for the academic calendar to be extended.

The Council has painstakingly noticed how the virtual learning platform has been reduced to virtual upload platform by lecturers who merely upload slides and assignments there without any effective interaction with their students. Much as the Council is aware of the time the world finds itself, it is minded by the fact that for teaching to be effective it has to be interactive, especially for students doing non-reading programmes in the school. Week after week, the Council observed lecturers upload their slides on the platform with harsh deadlines, leaving students to do the menial work. This method of teaching leaves students disillusioned when lecturers in other schools are using videos and other interactive platforms to communicate with their students in a most effective way. We believe this is a major setback to the academic year and has to be rectified.,” the statement read.

The University has announced the academic year for the Second Semester ends on April 26, 2020, and has asked students to register by April 24, 2020.

The University of Professional Studies, Accra was compelled to roll out its virtual learning platform after the government ordered the shutdown of all public and private schools over the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

But the virtual platform has been nothing but discriminatory, the SRC has noted in a high-powered letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the school.

The virtual platform has been nothing but discriminatory to non-registered students who will be paying various sums for penalties for late registration. The Council has been vociferous on this issue from the first day but nothing has been done about it. This means that a significant number of students, largely non-registered students, have been cut out from the virtual platform and other learning-related activities. Considering these students will be paying their fees together with penalties, how are they going to benefit from the numerous assignments and online interim assessments that their registered colleagues wrote?” the statement said.

Read the full statement below:

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