The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President of the University of Mines and Technology, His Excellency John Baguri, has accounted to the students of University of Mines and Technology after three months in office.
Speaking at the SRC Parliament of the University, Mr. John Baguri noted that he took office on the 29th of July, 2021 as SRC President with the vision to spearhead in the championing of issues that are of common interest to students guided by the principles of meritocracy, pragmatism and honesty.
He explained that their End of Semester II Examinations of the 2020/2021 academic year scheduled to commence on Monday, 2nd August 2021 was suspended due to the UTAG strike. Following the turn of events, his administration negotiated for a buffer period of one week to allow students to prepare for the Second Semester Examinations after the strike was suspended.
“Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, with the release of exorbitant bills from Private Hostel Managers for the 2021/2022 academic year, this administration initiated a process for the negotiation of reduction of the bills. I am happy to announce that the bills for most hostels were reduced substantially, with the reduction amount ranging from GHȻ100 to GHȻ500.00.” John Baguri said.
Addressing issues of concern and interest to the students of the University, Mr. Baguri said he was also glad to report that through the diligence of his administration and the paying of attention to surgical details, they were able to get the fees of five departments out of six departments at the SRID reduced. These fees, with the exception of those of Environmental and Safety Engineering students, were substantially reduced.
He added that four rooms had had their doors and windows fixed with burglar proofs. These rooms were christened SRC Printing Press, SRC Conference Room, SRC President Office and the SCC President Office. According to him, this was to secure the contents of the rooms. “I am also happy to report that the SRC Conference Room has been renovated. It is no wonder that the SRC Conference Room today is a very busy place with most student groups at the university desiring to use the place.”
“Mr. Speaker, a number of our cherished students were unable to undergo the lecturer’s assessment for the second semester of the 2020/2021 academic year. This exercise is in accordance with chapter 4.2 (vii) of the Conduct of Undergraduate Programmes, Vol. 16, No. 5.”
Mr. John Baguri indicated that the penalty for failure to partake in this exercise was rendering one’s continuous assessment incomplete. When the university has decided to apply the sanctions to the defaulters of the last semester’s exercise, the SRC under his sterling leadership, stood in the gap and pleaded for another opportunity for such students.
“Mr. Speaker, as promised the cherished students of this illustrious university, my administration has rolled out an SRC scholarship – The Needy but Brilliant Scholarship and the Fa me k) policy.” This robust and life-changing programme was transparently rolled out to give meaning to the purpose for which it was rolled out. This policy has received loud applause from the big shots of our university, our cherished students, and even alumni of this university. In all, 45 students were awarded the scholarship. This enabled them to register for their first semester courses without the payment of a dime.”
“Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, with the reopening of the university for the commencement of the 2021/2022 academic year, the university had adopted a policy not to accept part payment of school fees for regular students. The policy only permitted fee paying students who could not afford to pay their fees in full to make part payment of their fees. Through good negotiation skills and the affability of the venerable Vice Chancellor, we were able to get the university to accept payment of at least half of the school fees (AFUF). Without this arrangement, there are hundreds of our people who would not have been able to register.
“We proceeded to negotiate with management to extend the end of registration without penalty from Wednesday, 17th November to Friday, 19th November, 2021. This gave students enough breathing place to pay their fees and register for their courses without penalty.”
“Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, with regards to the provision of internet data, proposals were sought from two telcos, and one was selected. The SRC has written to the university. The plan is that latest by the next four years, all UMaT students should have a SIM card with a data bundle to have access to the internet” H.E John Baguri explained.
Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President of the University of Mines and Technology, His Excellency John Baguri.
Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President of the University of Mines and Technology, His Excellency John Baguri