EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: University of The Gambia (UTG) students have called-off a planned protest in demand for change in the University systems following a 21-point of resolutions and timelines, including extension of the course registration deadline with the management.
The resolution also agreed to address the issue of missing grades which all missing grades of bonafide UTG students will be uploaded on the portal on or before 31st December.
The students planned the protest last Thursday by occupying the University’s peace building. One of them told Eye Africa TV that there are numerous issues that the students at the UTG are facing and the University is not doing anything towards their improvement.
“One of these issues is the issue of missing grades! After sitting to examinations, one finds that you are unable to see your grades on the portal. When you follow due process to get it solved, you will be toyed with, and the uncountable recklessness from the side of the Administration towards the students. It is time that we realize that it is our little Dalasis that are feeding the VC and his entire team,” one of the students said.
Law Student Association on Tuesday held a meeting with the Dean of Faculty of Law to express the plight of law students. The Student’s Council bemoaned the underperforming of students in a course and it is the responsibility of the Dean to find out the root cause. In the Dean’s response, he made the students to understand that is impossible for a whole class to fall below average every year in a particular course.
The council expressed to the Dean that the voice of the students must be respected, failure of which they will be left with no choice but to rise up in protest to the injustice and incompetence.
In the agreed resolution and timelines, Hostel for medical students will be eventually finalized next week, and digital studio for school of Journalism. The school of Engineering and Architecture will also henceforth be incorporated in the UTG portal.
The issues discussed and agreed upon by the UTG Management, according to a student, has now fallen on the UTGSU to monitor and make follow up on the implementation of the resolutions.