The Student Representative Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism(GIJ) has petitioned the management of the Institute to provide better online learning experience but until then they want all E-learning and Online Examinations suspended.
The petition signed by the General Secretary of the SRC Patrick Nambe and The President of the SRC Joseph Agbezuke, have raised concerns on the E-learning and yet to be taken online examination.
“There also remains the issue of persons who do not have smartphones or laptops for such endeavours as well as the psychological unrest on the part of many due to the entire COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the SRC made these concerns available to Management and asked for interventions.” the statement said.
The statement further stated, “Management informed us about partnership with some telecommunication companies to provide free access to some websites for online studies. The initial configuration is for Airtel-Tigo users and Management assured us that steps were being taken to initiate similar initiative with other networks. As it stands, we are yet to receive confirmation of the designated websites and the configuration of the Airtel-Tigo users to the free data service not to talk of other networks.”
The SRC, however, are seeking the suspension of both E-learning and the upcoming Online Examination until the following provisions are met.
1. Management should partner with at least two telecommunication companies to provide free access to a designated website(s) or application that will be solely used for online teaching and learning. And lectures should be migrated to the designated website(s).
2. Management should give an assurance and a clear-cut mode of assessment for students who may not be able to partake in the online examinations at no extra cost. This request is so because per precedence (thus, the issue of fee payment that resulted in a demonstration on campus, management gave the assurance that students who had missed some papers would be given the opportunity to re-write, however, it turned out that the results were not graded on three credit hour basis), students have doubts that persons who miss the exams will be treated fairly.
3. Questions to be set for the examinations should be based on topics that were taught before the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
4. Management should send bulk SMS to all students to inform them about the end-of-semester online examinations and indicate a contact number for students to call in case they cannot partake in the examinations due to some genuine reasons. This will even make it easier for Management to better compile a list of persons who cannot partake in the online examinations.
5. After the configuration of free website(s), piloting should be done for a minimum of three days to ascertain the effectiveness of such platforms before their full employment for academic activities.
6. The online examinations should be open to all students since not all students were able to do the online registration before the suspension of physical lectures. Some students had genuine concerns about their fee payment and online registration for their courses which could not be looked at due to the sudden suspension of physical activities at the time.
Read the full statement below.