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The Management of the University of Ghana (UG)
has declined a proposal from students seeking a review of the grading
system for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.

According to the students of the University of Ghana they want grade
‘A’ to be fixed at 70% and the same for the consideration for the other
subsequent grades.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) in a petition explained that
such a decision must be considered amid the difficulties majority of
the students were facing in the online mode of learning.

The SRC additionally said some students are a disadvantage as a
result of the duration and time period for the conduct of online
quizzes, adding that the increased workload may negatively affect the
performance of students.

However, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo the Pro-Vice-Chancellor speaking
in an interview on Campus Exclusive indicated that such a request cannot
be granted.

She explained that the University is halfway through the second
semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, coupled with the bureaucratic
process needed to build consensus, it will be ‘both be impractical and
unlawful to change the grading system mid-stream’.

“We have responded to that petition. I signed that letter yesterday
[May 8, 2020]. You know that the university is regulated by certain laws
and regulations and so certain levels of decisions, they have to go
through certain hierarchies usually ending up at the university council
unless the council has mandated another board or committee to be able to
take that decision. We don’t do these things because we have a penchant
for bureaucracies but to ensure quality control and at the same time
gather inputs from relevant constituents from the university. So, it is
unlikely. It will both be impractical and unlawful to change the grading
system mid-stream.” Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo said.

Earlier before the commencement of the e-learning module, management
announced that continuous assessment will make up for about 50-70% of
the total assessment for a course in the semester.

Further speaking, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor noted that the change was
effected to provide some level of flexibility to students and foil some
challenges management had envisaged.

“We did anticipate that this semester has been quite special and so
that is why we made the provision of increasing the percentage of
continuous assessment from 30% up 70%. The minimum being 50%. That was
one key thing we did to provide some level of flexibility and hoping
that this will impact the final grades positively” – she added.

Source: universnewsroom.com

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