Some students of the School of Social Work, Osu, have expressed displeasure over the decision to disallow them from writing their end of semester paper.
They said they were denied the opportunity to write the examination despite an agreement between the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Management to extend the payment of the fees.
Mr. Simon Kuwella Libalgma, President of the SRC, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said: “Management and the SRC had an agreement for students to pay at least 50 percent of the required fees before the writing of semester exams.”
He said the SRC pleaded on behalf of the students who were not able to fulfil the 50 percent requirement by October 31 for extension of the deadline for the payment of the next semester fees, and Management agreed to allow them to write.
However, on Friday, November 18, Management gave notice that students were required to pay at least 70 percent of fees before they would be allowed to write their exams.
According to Mr. Kuwella, the 70 percent requirement affects fresh students and final year students in their last/fourth semester, stating that “these students denied to write their exams are in their third semester as final year students”.
In an interview with the affected students, 80 percent of them said they had fulfilled the 50 per cent payment of the fees required of them, and only got the notification of the 70 percent requirement later.
They expressed frustration over the decision of Management to disallow them from writing the paper.
Meanwhile, the School’s Administrator refused to comment on the issue.
Patrick Paul Ampossah, Vice SRC President said the total number of students affected were 10, and expressed concern about his colleagues.