The Plight Of University Of Ghana Distance Students

prof_ernest_aryeeteyStudents pursuing the distance learning programme of the University of Ghana have expressed their disgust and disappointment with the university, because of its inability to award them their degrees, despite their completion of academic work.

They claimed, since the inception of the programme in the 2007/2008 academic year, students have not been satisfied with the service rendered by the university, and that many of them have not graduated, though they have completed their studies.

They disclosed that over the past seven years ago, only half of the pioneering batch has graduated.

But when the Ghana News Agency contacted Madam Stella Amoa, the Director of Public Affairs of the University, she said some of the students might not have completed their academic work and could therefore not graduate.

Mr Moses Agamga, a teacher, who completed the programme in the 2011/2012 academic year, but yet to receive his certificates, complained of the psychological trauma he is going through, insisting, with it, he could have been promoted.

A female student who pleaded anonymity complained that the university has relegated the distance learning programme to the background, and despite the fact that she completed her academic work in 2011, had not had her certificate.

She complained that anytime she goes to the university to collect it, she is told different stories.

She pointed out that the recent congregation which took place on the 8th and 9th of November, did not cover the distance learning students, “despite the promise of a combined congregation of distance and regular students, thus creating more frustrations and disappointments in us”.

Many of the students who spoke to the GNA appealed to the Ministry of Education and the government to investigate the ills and ineptitude associated with the distance programme and have them addressed, and bettered. GNA

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