University of Ghana (UG), Legon has announced that it will continue with its online teaching and learning programme for the rest of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year as planned.
The University introduced e-learning platforms to afford lecturers the opportunity to continue with academic work when schools have been closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the easing of restrictions announced by President Akufo Addo on Sunday, May 31, 2020, that all final year JHS, SHS and university students can return to school on June 15 to complete their preparations for their exit exams, the authorities have resolved to keep to their online schedules.
This was contained in a release on Wednesday signed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ASA) of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo.
The statement said the rest of the academic work will be carried out online as planned.
‘The University’s ongoing Online Teaching and Learning Programme for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year will progress as planned. Therefore, examinations for all students, including final year students, scheduled to commence from June 8, 2020, to July 3, 2020, will proceed as originally planned’ – parts of the statement read.
The statement also said that provisions were being made to receive registered final year students who wished to use on-campus resources.
‘Arrangements are being made to receive registered final year students who may wish to relocate to the campuses of the University to make use of on-campus resources from June 15, 2020, till July 3, 2020, which is the end of the examination period’ – it added.
Meanwhile, makeup classes are being arranged for students who were cut out from the entire online teaching and learning programme as rolled out by the university due to network and other challenges.
‘All final year students who were unable to participate in the Online Teaching and Learning Programme, are expected back on campus from June 15, 2020. Make-up lessons will be from June 22, 2020, to July 10, 2020. Final examinations will be from July 18 to August 1, 2020’ – the statement stressed.
Ahead of the announcement by the university, the SRC President of the school, Isaac Agyemang had told #UniversNews that, coming to campus to do another 6-weeks of in-person lectures was going to be difficult for the ‘already frustrated’ final year students.
He, however, advocated for students in remote areas with bad internet connectivity to be allowed to come back to campus to complete the academic workload of the semester.
The University is expected to communicate the protocols to guide students who want to return to school in the coming days.