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Faculty of UDS in Distress


2005-10-05 13:29:04
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In 2001 when the faculty of Integrated
Development Studies of the University for Development Studies (UDS) was
established many were those who expressed great delight that tertiary education had
been brought to the door-step of the people.

Without any permanent structure to boast of, the campus took off in earnest, however
after four years the faculty is being described as stillborn, as a result of the numerous
problems confronting it.

Currently the faculty holds lectures in scattered "campuses" as in the Wa
municipality. While the third and fourth year students hold their lectures in an
uncompleted structure belonging to the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, the
first and second years hold theirs at the assembly hall of the Wa School for the Deaf.

The Regional minister, Ambrose Dery had to plead with the Catholic Bishop of Wa,
Most Rev Dr Paul Bemile, to release the assembly hall of the school till December
this year.

Lack of hostel facilities for the 2,640 students of the faculty has given shylock
landlords in the municipality a field day. A single room which hitherto could have
attracted an advance fee of ¢300,000 for a year now goes for ¢1.5 million.

Transportation is another problem contributing to the woes of the faculty.

However, the recent visit by the chairman of the Ghana Education Trust Fund
(GETFund) Alhaji Mustapha Idris, to inspect facilities of the faculty has brought hope
to the students.

Additionally, a 500-seator auditorium funded by the GETFund is also progressing
steadily.



Furthermore, the recent call by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the UDS, Prof Saah Dittoh,
for seed money to the university should receive urgent attention from the government.

Again, the GETFund should commit more resource to the university to enable it to
catch up with other in the southern part of the country.

To resolve the issue of scattered campuses, the Ministry of Education an Sports
should immediately provide temporary pavilions around the premises of the regional
house of chiefs for lectures.

Finally, contractors working on the projects at Bamahu should expedite action or be
made to lose their contracts.

These measures it is believed would go a long way to ameliorate the problems of
students at Wa.

source: GRi

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