Management of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, has announced that it reached an agreement with Vodafone to offer free data to UPSA students and staff to enhance the university’s online learning platforms.
Per this agreement, students and staff will have free access to the university’s official learning management system, e-books from the Joshua Alabi library, and the university’s website.
In a statement signed by the university’s director of academic affairs, the zero data charges applies to all activities that will be undertaken on the three platforms.
Visiting other websites such as Youtube for learning resources will attract standard data charges.
“The free data access applies to the sites above as well as the upload and download of materials directly on these sites. Kindly note that the free data access package does not extend to other websites. Therefore, links from any of the above listed websites to other sites such as YouTube for the download of videos and/or other materials will attract data charges from Vodafone,” parts of the statement reads.
The University says that the free access package is only available for those on the Vodafone network.
This leaves the thousands of students and staff who are non-Vodafone users hanging in the balance as they would have to pay standard data charges.
Some students have taken to social media to register their displeasure with the arrangement.
One student, Brah AB Banks, was concerned about the other online meeting platforms that lecturers use.
Vincentia Ewurabena Dushie CA, contributing to Brah AB Banks’ post, suggested that students would still spend more on data as they spend hours in a video conferencing than accessing the university’s online platforms.
Find bellow screen shot of the original letter.