4 Students Share How “Dumsor” Is Affecting Them During Exams

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In today’s world, attaining excellence in education is based on multipilicty of factors.

Among those key factors is the availability of a stable electricity supply which then enables a lot of the other factors to come to play.

Being able to surf the internet, being able to use your laptop to produce course papers, among others are all dependent on the a student being able to access stable power supply.

However, when the power supply is intermittent with no schedule as to when to expect it, students and lecturers alike, are not able to prepare to ensure that being without power for hours does not affect their teaching and learning process.

Especially when students are in exam week or they are writing mid-semester exam, the unavailability of power is always a bitter pill.

This is why the recent power outages – call it dumsor or whatever you wish to call it – has the ability to disrupt the studies of the people we often call our future leaders.

However, to solve the problem of power outages, universities have power plants. These power plants are often limited to specific buildings and mostly residential halls and private hostels do not have them.

Owing to this, Kuulpeeps.com‘s Campus Editors shared the experiences of their colleagues:

Though the GIMPA Accra campus has solved its dumsor situation, FOR the Kumasi campus It is not entirely the same. Some of the students in the city, which is one of the hardest-hit cities in this recent dumsor era have been complaining a lot about the power situation.

Lord Aryee, GIMPA.

Pentecost University students are most fortunate to have a power plant to sustain the students in the eventualities of a power outage. however, it is quite unfortunate that it is turned off later in the evening, and the after-effects are felt by all. Just like in every tertiary institution, Pentecost University has felt the blows of power outages the hardest, especially now, when semester finals are approaching. Students are unable to be productive, especially in the wee hours of the night, where some study better, and it puts the entire schedule of a vast majority of PU students off. It is safe to say the country, in general, has felt the pain these untimely power outages occur, but for us as Pentecost University students and all university students in general, that pain is maximized to the highest power.

Ernest Aboagye-Mensah, Pentecost University

Dumsor has affected studies and online exam of most students. There is often no light to study at night and the online exams mechanism has been affected because students have challenges accessing the questions, working on the questions and submitting the answer. It is affecting the standard of term papers students are submitting because students are in a hurry to submit an answer before the light goes off. Students also have problems keeping their phones and laptops charged.

Kelvin Amoah, UPSA
University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA)

Blackouts in Legon are rarely noticed. The university is divided into various departments that are provided with plants and everyone pays generator fees. It is part of the general school fees. On the main campus and students barely noticed when there was a blackout. It is students who live in private apartments near the campus who will be experiencing the dumsor if their landlords have not provided a generator set.

Yaa Adjem, Legon

Other students in other universities such as Ho Technical University are on vacation and fortunate enough not to experience dumsor while making sure that they are turning in assignments and virtual exam papers.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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