By: Emmanuel Komla Asase
The University for Development Studies as part of efforts to complete the 2nd trimester successfully has commenced online learning on the 20th of April, 2020. This is in line with the government’s directive following the indefinite closure of schools due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Even though the commencement of the online teaching and learning has been welcomed heartily by students, one cannot pretend that everything is alright.
Right from the start of the e-learning program, many students have been unable to access the e-learning platform. Lecturers have not been spared either. Many efforts by these students to login to the e-learning platform have proven futile.
Also, prior to the implementation of the online teaching and learning program, students were assured by management through the SRC that they would not be burdened with data charges. But the reality is the opposite. Students are been deducted data anytime they explore the platform. Without data, students are not able to log in to the e-learning platform.
A check by some students also reveal that some of their courses have not been captured on the e-learning platform. Meanwhile it has been almost three weeks since the implementation of the online teaching.
It is an undeniable fact that till date, some classes have never had any successful online teaching and learning session.
In the light of the above and many other challenges, the SRC humbly wrote a letter on 1st May, 2020 to the Senior Assistant Registrar through the Dean of Students Affairs requesting for the suspension of the online lectures until all technical hitches are resolved but it appears their plea does not go down well with management.
An internal memo from the Registrar dated 6th May, 2020 indicated that the online teaching is still in session.
This position by management has however aggravated the frustrations and woes of many students since they don’t know what the future holds for them.
See the following documents from SRC:
A circular from Management: