Pressure builds on UPSA SRC as students score e-learning platform zero

UPSA SRC President Peter MwinZumah

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra is coming under increased pressure to do more to tackle the challenges with the school’s e-learning platform.

The school rolled out the virtual platform to continue with academic work after the government ordered the shutdown of both public and private universities owing to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

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But the e-learning platform has been fraught with many visible challenges, UPSANEWSROOM.com‘s Venessa Boamah Oduma reported some students as saying.

UPSA rolled out its virtual platform hours after the school was shut down by the president

In an interview with UPSANEWSROOM.com Wednesday, some students complained about the absence of data package to students and the discriminatory nature of the platform.

A Level 100 student of the school, Elsie Agyeman said while students of “other schools have been given mobile data [to work] we have to buy our own credit.”

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This she said is unfair considering the cost of data during this period of lockdown in some four cities across the country.

For Lawrence Baidoo, a level 300, he said the virtual learning platform is everything but “user friendly.”

He explained considering its operation, students who have not registered for the Second Semester will not be able to use it.

Aside from its discriminatory nature, Mr Baidoo also said he will not recommend it because of the data burden it imposes on students.

But the platform has its positive sides.

A student of the school, Eugenia Obeng, said although it is a good idea for the university to have rolled out the platform its challenges must be fixed.

“The idea is good but the thing [virtual platform] is too complicated to use and network problems too,” she told UPSANEWSROOM.com‘s Venessa Boamah Oduma.

With the Second Semester grinding to a halt on April 26, 2020, a majority of students who are yet to register are mounting pressure on the SRC to intervene on their behalf.

“The SRC has been very, very hopeless at this time in negotiating with management on this issue,” a male student who declined to be identified told UPSANEWSROOM.com.

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