Petition against on-site re-sit examination gets over 3,800 signatures

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More than 3,800 students in the University of Ghana have signed a petition seeking to convince management against its decision to conduct the 2019/2020 re-sit examinations on-site.

In a communique on Thursday July 16, 2020 to students, management announced that the 19/20 supplementary exams “will take place onsite, in identified laboratories on the Legon Campus, at the proposed times”. This comes in sharp contrast to the remote-online-only mode in which the end of semester exams was conducted.

In the wake of COVID-19, management of the University of Ghana has since moved all teaching and learning online as the last alternative to prevent the disruption in the teaching and learning process and also to ensure the safety of students.

However, in a latest move for reasons yet to be known, management has asked students to report to campus to take any remaining exams on the Legon campus of the University.

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The decision has been met with stiff opposition with nearly 4000 signees to the petition since July 17, 2020 when the petition was started online.

According to the petitioners, the supplementary re-sit exams should be conducted just like the end of semester exams where students wrote the exams at the confines of their homes.

Making a case for their stand, the petitioners state that, the decision should be reconsidered “because of the current global pandemic; Covid-19”. According to them asking students to report to campus coupled with the novel virus “poses as a threat” and is “a very bad idea”.

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The Petition, aims to gather some 5,000 signatures from students for the next line to actions to be taken.

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Meanwhile, UGSRC has petitioned University management over the on-site supplementary re-sit examination.

The SRC says that the arrangement will disadvantage students who are currently not in the country but have registered in the hope that the examination will be carried out online.

Among other challenges, the SRC says that reports from some students indicate that the adherence to COVID-19 protocols would restrain candidates who are in isolation to return to campus notwithstanding the additional cost of transportation this mode of undertaking the exam will bring students.

Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye | universnewsroom.com

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