Two students of the University of Ghana have launched an online petition, rallying support from fellow students to demand partial refund of academic and residential fees from authorities.
According to the students, Kojo Danquah and Sampson Tagbor, there is a seeming breach of agreement between students and the university as academic work has switched online.
“We are of the strong conviction that the agreement for academic tuition and residency the University had with students prior to admission and registration are hinged on the invaluable face-to-face lecture delivery by lecturers, social contact and academic interactions among students and direct access to facilities like the Science Labs, Computer Labs, WiFi System, Sporting fields, the well-equipped Library System including that of departmental and Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) libraries among others of which students are no longer guaranteed access to under the current E-Learning arrangements for the rest of the semester,” a brief on the petition said.
It is unclear how many signatories the lead petitioners require to submit their petition to the authorities.
But they stated: “By signing this petition, you are providing critical support to the petitioners to advance this noble cause in and on behalf of the general interests of students.”
The University of Ghana suspended lectures on Sunday, March 15, two days after a student who had visited the US was confirmed positive.
The student was one of the first cases of Covid-19 in Ghana.
Vice Chancellor Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu announced the suspension of lectures in a live broadcast.