The Academic Board of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has revised the school’s academic calendar for the first semester.
The move, according to authorities, has become necessary following the unplanned closure of the University after student protests led to the destruction of properties.
Academic activities will be in full session from Monday 19th November, 2018 until 19th December, 2018, when they will go on a Christmas break and resume on the 4th of January.
The students will take the end-of-semester exam subsequently before taking a 2-week end-of-semester break.
The University Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah Jnr. told Citi News that UTAG and other unions have agreed to comply with the revised calendar.
He explained that, “Lectures begin on Monday and goes all the way to 19th December. Students will leave for the house [on Christmas break] and come back on the 4th of January to write the end of semester exams. The exams start on Monday (7th January) and run till 18th of January. They will have the semester break for about two weeks and they will come back to start the second semester.”
Meanwhile, some students who arrived on campus today [Friday], told Citi News that they were highly anticipating the resumption of academic work.
“I am expecting that we will at least complete the syllabus because per the timetable that is out, we will be writing exams after the Christmas break,” one student said.
“I was expecting it to take that long for them to arrive at a decision for us to return to school. I don’t know about lectures in other programmes, but for my programmes, lectures are quite proactive so everybody is going to get back to work, that is what I am expecting really,” another said.
Lecturers have already expressed satisfaction with the turn of events that led to the school being reopened.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) said it will ensure that its members will work to recover the time lost, and called off the strike it had started over the dissolution of the KNUST Governing Council.
Samuel Boadi Kusi, the National Secretary for UTAG, said “Once they [students] come, UTAG is ever ready. All other sister unions are ever ready to make sure we teach,” he added.
By: Jonas Nyabor | citinewsroom.com | Ghana