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.