UPSA students blame management over IMC refusal to organise postponed SRC election

UPSA students blame management over IMC refusal to organise postponed SRC election

Tension is mounting at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) over what some students say is the “disingenuous” attempt by management to frustrate the organisation of the postponed Students’ Representative Council (SRC) election for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Some students who spoke to UPSANEWSROOM.com on Monday blamed the school authorities for the breakdown of the student front due to the absence of democratically elected leaders.

“I don’t know what their interests are, but it appears some senior management members are benefiting from the status quo,” a Level 200 student who spoke on a condition of anonymity said.

“Little wonder that the Interim SRC Management Committee is mismanaging the students’ dues without any caution of advice from the school management,” he continued.

A female final year Business Administration student told UPSANEWSROOM.com how she is disappointed in the manner the school management is sitting unconcerned.

“Some students who are disappointed, as most of us are, over the turn of events have petitioned the school, but nothing has been heard about them. Senior members of a school should not be behaving like that. It is very bad,” she said.

Students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra were not able to elect their leaders following the shutdown of schools last year due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

A five-member Interim Management Committee was constituted to manage the affairs of the SRC until the election of substantive leaders.

In the letter appointing the members, the Dean of Students tasked the Committee to organise the postponed SRC election within two months of the resumption of on-campus lectures.

However, nearly two months into the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic year there is no sign that the election would be organised.

Although several petitions have been written to the SRC IMC and Dean of Students, no action has been taken by the recipients of those letters.

“Their refusal to react to those petitions speaks volume,” a Level 100 student said. “I was not here when everything started, but I think the school cause the right thing to be done.”

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