Management of the University of Ghana has denied a request from students asking for a review of the grading system for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.
The students were proposing that grade ‘A’ is pegged at 70% and the subsequent grades should reflect same consideration.
In a petition from the Students Representative Council, they explained the such a decision must be considered because of the challenges they were experiencing in the online mode of learning.
The SRC also mentioned some students are inconvenienced as a result of the duration and time period for conducting online quizzes, the increased work load and may have a toll on the performance of students.
But the Pro Vice-Chancellor in charge of Students and Academic Affairs, in an interview on Campus Exclusive, expressed that such a request cannot be granted.
According to her, given that the university is midway through the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, coupled with the bureaucratic process needed to build consensus, it will be ‘both be impractical and unlawful to change the grading system mid-stream’.
“We have responded to that petition. I signed that letter yesterday [May 8, 2020]. You know that the university is regulated by certain laws and regulations and so certain levels of decisions, they have to go through certain hierarchies usually ending up at the university council unless the council has mandated another board or committee to be able to take that decision. We don’t do these things because we have a penchant for bureaucracies but to ensure quality control and at the same time gather inputs from relevant constituents from the university. So, it is unlikely. It will both be impractical and unlawful to change the grading system mid-stream.” Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo said.
Prior to the commencement of the e-learning module, management announced that continuous assessment will make up for about 50-70% of the total assessment for a course in the semester.
Further speaking, the Pro-Vice Chancellor noted that the change was effected to provide some level of flexibility to students and forestall some challenges management had envisaged.
“We did anticipate that this semester has been quite special and so that is why we made the provision of increasing the percentage of continuous assessment from 30% up 70%. The minimum being 50%. That was one key thing we did to provide some level of flexibility and hoping that this will impact the final grades positively” – she said.
Story by: Michael Papanii Ashalley