Many students who have been offered admission to pursue various courses of study at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Accra are stranded and going through a torrid time to find accommodation on the campus or in nearby hostels.
The situation is becoming frustrating for the students, most of them who are teenagers, as they have to leave their search for accommodation on campus to participate in orientation for freshers, leaving their parents and guardians to take on the task of moving around the various hostels in search of a solution.
This year, the UG has offered admission to close to 11,000 students, but only 1,970 bed spaces are available in both the residential halls and the private hostels linked with the university, creating a situation where those who are unable to secure residential accommodation are left to find alternatives.
Not even those who had been offered the chance to secure accommodation through the log-in system have been able to solve their challenge.
A number of the affected students and their parents said the system of securing accommodation through a portal, as instructed by the university authorities, did not work, as it was virtually impossible to register for rooms online.
The University of Ghana has admitted the challenge with the portal registration, blaming it on the system being hacked.
An administrator of the university who did not want to be named explained: “The portal for registration for residences was hacked into, with the hackers re-directing students to a wrong site to register.
“Due to that challenge that occurred last Thursday, the university activated the portal on Friday and sent out the information to all fresh students and the university community.
“Given the number of applicants, when the portal was activated, within a few minutes all the bed spaces were signed up for,” the administrator said.
He urged students to go for vacant bed spaces in the private halls of residence.
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