Concerned Tertiary Students Call For Suspension Of Virtual Learning Programmes

University of Ghana students at lectures. Photo credit: UG.EDU.GH

The Concerned Tertiary Students Ghana, have called for the suspension of all virtual learning programmes instituted by the various tertiary institutions in the country.

According to them a lot of students are unable to effectively use the virtual learning system because its is “plagued with myriad of challenges.”

“As a coalition, we do appreciate the steps taken by the leadership in introducing this system. Introduction of such system of learning is one of the best things and that it is plagued with myriad of challenges. This has brought a lot of unrest among the student folks and there is the need for our authorities to strive in clumping down these challenges if not the desired result would not be achieved,” the leadership of the coalition said in a statement issued on April 15, 2020.

They also highlighted poor accessibility to internet as one of the major problems that most students are facing which is hindering them from participating in the virtual learning programmes.

“…This would definitely affect them academically and also psychologically.”

“In our setting where premium is placed on students’ writing and passing exams, it is clear that this decision only is not going to cause a lot of bad grades being recorded, it is also going to breed a class of individuals who would have no skills acquired after going through tertiary,” they added.

“Why was WASSCE been suspended indefinitely but authorities want Tertiary students to continue academic work online in this horrifying moment?” the coalition asked.

They went on to state that “students did not bargain for this mode of teaching even though this pandemic is no one’s making” and called on university authorities to “suspend entirely the second semester until we are able to contain this virus and are very much convinced that, it is safe for students to reconvene back to campus to continue our academic work.”

They also called on the government and other stakeholders in the education sector to relook at he decision.

Below is a copy of the statement:


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