Situated at Bonsu Close, near the Lindador Highway rest stop and close to the Atewa Range Forest Reserve, the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES) Bonsu campus is an institution that has experienced difficulties during the last year.
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According to student representatives, students have been denied classes since the beginning of the last semester, which began on September 28th. This being due to a strike led by teaching staff as a result of a backlog of unpaid wages going all the way back to February this year.
Student’s stated that although most of them paid their tuition fees, teaching staff have not attended lectures throughout the entire semester. Leaving many students feeling idle and distraught. Students say that although the situation had been ongoing since February, they only found out about it upon coming back to campus at the end of September.
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Reports have it that a meeting with students, teaching staff, college officials, and other stakeholders was convened in order to discuss and find solutions to the ongoing issue on November 30th. At this meeting, promises were made to the teaching body to the effect that by the end of December, all outstanding wages and remunerations would be paid in full, allowing lectures to recommence.
This pledge, it seems, is being taken with a pinch of salt. This is because although teaching staff still have not undertaken lectures, according to sources, they are optimistic that the situation will change and all promises will be fulfilled this time.
The university, however, has asked students to return to their homes early, since November, and has told students who paid tuition fees for this semester that the tuition fees will be “carried forward”. That since no lectures were held this semester, all tuition fees would take effect in the coming semester which will commence on January 2nd.
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The student representatives however, stated that they’re willing to wait out the month in the hopes that promises made to teaching staff will be fulfilled. Adding that should these promises go unfulfilled, the student body would seek to take measures in order to try and rectify the situation.