The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education, Ekow Vincent Assafuah says data provided by the Students Representative Council of the various Universities are government’s intervention to the various schools.
Some Universities in the country after government closed down educational Institutions migrated their academic work online where platforms were created for students and teachers to continue their academic work in order to make up for lost times.
Although some telecos provided some form of support by providing 5 gigabytes of data for a month, the data was not enough to support academic work online.
There were agitations on the part of students on the cost of data in running the online classes because government prior to this period increased the communications service tax which in essence affected the price of data.
Reacting to this, the Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry said government provided intervention through the various SRCs in the various institutions across the country.
He while addressing the NDC’s Edem Agbana on government’s intervention to support online education during this period said “he has been an SRC President before and I think that he’s also a member of GRASSAG. This year GRASSAG distributed data and I’m a PhD student from the University of Ghana and I benefited from that data. So when we talk about public funds, public funds include even dues of the SRC so you cannot say that the government sat aloof without thinking about the plight of the students. That is why I told you that if you are not aware that the SRC dues constitute public funds, then I’m sorry you have to go and read again.
The SRC dues that was used in ensuring that we purchase data or bundle for students to support the e-learning or online education is public funds. See we have the University Council and the University Council has representatives of the administration of GRASSAG or the SRC. What I mean is that it is the Dean of Students who is to make sure they sign off any amount so I’m saying that if the University Council which has reps of government has agreed that certain amounts of monies from the Universities account should be used in ensuring that they purchase data for students how on earth can you say the government didn’t intervene.
The truth of the matter is that we are not in ordinary times. Nobody anticipated in January of February that this country was going to be faced with COVID-19 and for that matter, we had to budget for these things. Government decided that why don’t we ensure that we support the various platforms of the Universities”.