The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Navrongo campus of the University for Development Studies has strongly stated it will resist any attempt by management of the institution to upwardly adjust academic fees.
The council says the school in the last two years has seen increment in fees and that, another attempt to make an inflation will be unfair, unconstitutional and against the regulatory policies of the National Council for Tertiary Education.
Speaking at their “Who Is Speaking The Truth” press conference held at the school premises Wednesday, President of the Council, Raymond Korbla Otivi, stated that any “unjustifiable fee inflation” the University authorities would come out with will be met with fierce resistance from the student body.
He questioned why the authorities would want to increase fees when the facilities of the school are nothing as compared to what students in other universities in the southern part of the country enjoy, even though they pay comparatively low fees.
Mr. Raymond Korbla Otivi said: “per history and records, we are to pay something for the management of the facilities that we use and that is the basics for the academic facility user fee. We know that. But what is happening currently, our managers of tertiary institutions have turned it into a different thing altogether. And we want to use this press conference to send a signal and make government aware of what is happening in UDS. If there are increments and they say universities must increase fees, UDS should never increase fees. No matter the kind of services they provide for us, we are telling the whole world that UDS doesn’t have any right to increase our school fees. This is because our Academic Facility User Fee (AFUF) has been inflated two or three times in the last two years and we have been paying this same amount”.
“we have made the analysis and showed documentations to that fact. If someone will go to KNUST year 1 and will pay Ghc 1,749 and in year 2, it will decrease to 1, 300 or 1,400 or even 1, 500 but that is not the case here in UDS. Are we saying it is because of the trimester system that things (fees) have gone up like that? We can’t and won’t accept that. We can never accept that”. He stressed.
The Council scrutinized the school fee components and accused the school authorities of implementing a flat rate fee payment system to cover up for the “greedy and unfair” practice in the university.
“In other jurisdictions, as you progress your fees come down. But here in UDS, your fees go up as you progress. And because of that and in order not to let people know that this is what is happening, they chose to implement this flat rate system whereby they combine year 1,2 3 and 4 and strike an average and tell you that you are paying this amount”.
The Council bemoaned the lukewarm approach some key government officials and institutions have given the several petitions sent them stating issues bothering the student body and called for such institutions to act swiftly to curtail disturbances in the future that may arise as a result of the frustrations the students are going through.
The Council reiterated the preparedness of the SRC to hold dialogues with authorities for amicable solutions to the matter, adding that default to have fruitful discussions will leave the students with no choice than to hit the streets with a massive demonstration to vent their difficulties.
They have given authorities a one-month period to work out their challenges or they will do anything permitted by law to pressure management to reconsider plans to increase their academic fees.
The SRC also announced the suspension of their peaceful student demonstration, stating reasons including the impending ban on noise making by the Navrongo Traditional Council.
Navrongo UDS running on life support
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports our reporter has gathered indicates that the University is currently facing huge financial challenges that may affect the operations of the school and weaken its fortunes as it will soon become an autonomous body.
The university, which has since the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year received its first quarter payment of its budgetary allocation recently, is also ran with funds the institution raises from the renting of school facilities and monies from pockets of some benevolent staff members.
Renovation of student hostels, repair works on the school lighting system, to among other things boost the degree of visibility in the night on the campus and some major maintenance work that are supposed to be carried out to give students the necessary and conducive environment to facility smooth teaching and learning, have all been put to hold due to the inadequacy of the released funds.
The university, according to reports, has so far been disbursed with an amount of Ghc 68, 000, representing grants for one out of four quarters, which is woefully inadequate to support the school’s operations.
Another challenge the school faces is the lack of vehicles for administrative work. The Principal, it is gathered, has no official vehicle and accommodation.
Internal academic positions attained by elections, it is gathered, have been given out on tribal lines in the campus. Despite the presence of a Professor, the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science, for example, is said to be headed by a Dean appointed over a year now.
Appointments into such positions, the Reporter gathered, must not go pass one year. Per inquiries, it is said that a substantive head with the qualification must be elected to take over within one year.
Several attempts to get the school authorities at the Navrongo campus to comment on the issues have been unsuccessful.
UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY
The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).
On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.
Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.
As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.
Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.
In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.
Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.
He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.
Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BRA DAY?
Truth is majority of people in the world and Ghana have less idea about what BRA Day is. So when asked “what is BRA Day?” many people have nothing to say or they talk about a day where no female wears a bra.
Speaking to Dr. Paa Ekow Hoyte Williams (second in the picture from the right in a white shirt), the Head of Division for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital , he said “The female breast is an important symbol of femininity. Loss of the breast due to cancer treatment can have significant physical and psychological impact on the woman. Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being informed of their options. All women should know their options. It’s time to close the loop on breast cancer.”
He further added that “BRA Day has been there for a while now but mostly not in West Africa and Ghana. It is an international activity that falls on the 3rd Wednesday of October.Just to clear the misconceptions, BRA is not what women put on to cover the breast but BRA is the acronym for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. So yes many Ghanaians celebrated braless day or no bra day but the truth is, it is a day in the month of October set aside to inform survivors of breast cancer or post mastectomy patients of the available options of breast reconstruction in Ghana.”
￼Breast cancer awareness is well known now in the various societies but now the other aspect which is the reconstruction of the breast after it has been totally or partially removed in cancer treatment is the end of the cycle for breast cancer treatment.
Last year, the first ever BRA Day celebration in Ghana was organised by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where they had a post mastectomy patient(Beth Goodman aka Spinkles) traveled from USA to Ghana to help in the campaign. She had survived breast cancer and had undergone total breast reconstruction.
During the awareness campaign she spoke to the women who were present for the free screening of how important it is to get breast reconstruction after cancer treatment. The women were allowed to see and feel her plastic reconstructed breast and they admitted it barely looks artificial.
Some cases were selected after the screening exercise for free breast reconstruction and after surgery the women were so happy.
This year’s campaign to create awareness on breast reconstruction has began massively with so many joining the train. The Health Sciences Students Association and Geological Engineering Students Association of KNUST are the new additions to the campaign. On 5th October they were live on air at Spirit FM 88.3 talking about Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction. They were joined by a Plastic Surgeon (Dr Boutrous) from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as they discussed breast cancer and breast reconstruction on the Health Segment of the radio station. Ken Ofori Atta from GESA KNUST said “There is no shame in males joining in the campaign of breast cancer and breast reconstruction. I feel if there ￼is breast cancer in the society, we all need to join forces and speak for it.”
Obuobi the health officer added his voice to the campaign “Every woman cherishes her breast therefore any threat to steal their joy should be faced with a collective effort from us all.”
Dr Boutrous made it clear most general surgeons are only interested in treating the breast cancer patient but after that they have to live their lives secluded from the society because they have lost their breast. He encouraged surgeons to tell their patients of the available options of reconstruction that will help close the loop on breast cancer treatment.
9th October has been agreed as the date for BRA Day Ghana where everyone is expected to wear pink or white with a touch of pink, snap pictures and videos. The pictures and videos can be tagged with the #BRAdayGhana. There will be a health walk on the 12th October at KNUST Campus and 19th October from the Kumasi Central Police station to the Kumasi City Mall. On bothe days there will be free breast cancer screening. ￼ (more…)
ECOWAS HALL CHASES AFTER UDS LECTURERS
For the past few days, there has been total black out on UDS Navrongo Campus. Rumors have it that Wa campus is facing the same problem.
This development has affected academic work on campus, pertaining to lecture halls, since the lights and fans are not functioning. This has mared the learning activities on campus.
The blackout has affected the traditional halls; ECOWAS HALL, SAVANNAH HALL and NAVRO HALL.
Since this is bringing uncomfortability to the student populace, the residents of ECOWAS HALL took it upon themselves to storm campus.
Fans and lights in the lecture halls are lying idle and most lecturers cannot stay inside their offices due to the heat. At a region where the atmospheric temperature can reach a hopping 42°C in the day can be unbearable if there are no lights for the fans to cool the rooms.
Upon critical observations today on campus, eye witnesses noticed that, the generator has been idle for a number of times. Making its presence a white elephant.
As late as 3pm this afternoon residents of ECOWAS HALL were seen in their red regalia invading every lecture hall to stop academic activities.
Talking with the public relations officer of the SRC, he stated that, Tamale campus which is the central administration owes about Ghc27million which is more than that of UDS Navrongo and Wa campus, but still had their power on.
In his submission, the regional minister tried reaching the boss of VRA but his phone has been switched off.
This development if not well tackled will mare academic activities as the actions of aggrieved students was seen today to have ended abruptly academic work.
ECOWAS HALL threatened the administration that, if the power is not restored before 12am today, they’ll disrupt every academic activity on campus.
As it stands now, they have in their plans to storm VRA office.
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