In pursuant of his resolve to providing a sterling quality leadership that is student centred, the newly elected President of the Student Representative Council (SRC), of the African University College of Communications, Michael Kofi Oduro says his tenure will remain resolute in advancing the cause of students at all times.
Delivering his State of the Council Address (SOCA) at the first sitting of the congress on campus Friday, His Excellency Kofi Oduro renewed his commitment to bring hope and relief to students in the face of the challenging times due to covid-19.
The SOCA is a constitutional requirement that creates a platform for the President to give account of stewardship on the floor of congress after 22 days on assumption of office.
The event which saw the Director of Student’s Affairs, Reginald Arthur in attendance gave highlights on proposed modalities marshaled to surmounting the myriad of challenges facing students in this era of Covid.
Key among the issues touched by the President were complaints with the E-learning virtual support system also known as the Learning Management System (LMS), school fees, mode on examination intake, policies on grading and project activities earmarked for the semester.
The SRC President expressed confidence in the crop of elected executives for the 2020/2021 academic year considering their proven track record in the media fraternity and urged his team to put their expertise to bare and work to bring about a positive change in the lives of students, which he believed would in turn enhance the image of AUCC as a discourse community.
He said his administration had so far engaged the hierarchy of management on issues bordering on effective teaching and learning. Additionally, leadership had petitioned the registrar, the president and the academic board to give students proper orientation to deal with the challenges of the LMS which is an alternative learning program introduced to improve academic work. ‘‘We have called for more effective orientation to make the LMS user friendly to students to allow us make the most of it”.
He further said following series of concerns bordering on the LMS, there seem to be a strong desire by students to have an online exams instead of face-to-face as purported to be opposing stance of management. “The executive council is not in favour of a sit in exam, we believe that the way we were taught should be the same way we are assessed.”
He however requested congress to hold further discussion on the subject and reach a consensus, adding that the position of the house will be respected by all students.
Stressing on the challenges presented by covid with its corresponding impact on student finances, H.E Kofi Oduro announced that leadership is impressing on management to extend the expiry date for the 15 percent covid relief scholarship which expired on Sunday February 28, 2021.
He lamented that students have had to incur extra cost to acquire mobile and other learning based devices including laptop computers to support their online studies. The extension of the relief. he noted, will go a long way to alleviate the plight of students in this challenging period.
Moreover, management, he appealed, should consider granting students that have paid up to 50 percent of their fees access to the LMS. He again hinted that his administration is engaging the academic board for a revision of the grading system and the modules of assessment, requesting for 60 percent continuous assessment and 40 percent assessment for exams.
He pledged his commitment to pursue the said agenda to the latter and not relent in making sure that it comes to fruition for sake of posterity.
H.E Kofi Oduro concluded his address with an outline of planned activities scheduled to take place in the course of the semester.
These include a sandwich programme on various journalism disciplines, the setting up of an online television with competitive content generation as well as the launch of discovery lecture series involving top industry players in the media with the view to building the capacity of students whilst preparing them for the job market.
He said preparations were far advance to launch of the Obaasima Project as promised by the office of the Women’s Commission (WoCom). The launch of the event which will be held in earnest, would offer women on campus the opportunity to learn and equip themselves with practical skills apart from what they learned at their various lecture halls.
The WoCom, he indicated, is set with its draft proposal to proceed with the launch which will used to provide additional training on liquid soap production and other hands on activities.
More so, a fund-raising event will equally take place in early April to raise some seed capital for the commencement of the Obaasima project. Amount realized, he added, will be used for the proposed school relief fund meant to cater for minimum fee arrears owed by students.
His Excellency pledged an open door policy and stressed that with the support of congress as the highest decision making body, leadership was poised to have an impactful administration.
The DOSA, Reginald Arthur who was present as the guest of honour urged congress members to compliment his efforts by taking decision that are in the best interest of students.
The first congress meeting for the academic year was used to usher in SRC executives including new congress members drawn from the various clubs and societies within the school.
Those that missed out during the SRC inaugural ceremony in late February were taken through the oath of office administered by the speaker of the house, Mr . Charles Oteng. UTV’Ama Sarpong Kumankuma, Welfare Officer Elect and Jones Paa Kwesi Nomocle, Organizing Secretary Elect were among the executives sworn into office.
Story by GBC’s Isaac Asare