The University of Ghana has welcomed proposals from a section of the student populace to limit the number of hall week celebrations on campus.
Each of the University’s fourteen halls of residence celebrate their anniversaries once every academic year either within the first or second semester.
Some students have complained that the programme line-up of these celebrations have become monotonous and therefore defeats the purpose of the celebration.
They argue that the halls have nothing unique portray during the week celebrations and therefore management needs to consider merging the activities of all the halls to save resources.
Dr James Adomako, Dean of Student Affairs of the University of Ghana in an interview on the school’s radio station, Radio Univers on Monday expressed delight in the suggestion.
“Every hall wants to do something unique and actually these are supposed to be hall weekends. If it’s something that students are concerned about, I’m very happy to have a situation where there are one or two such activities on campus because in any case, the campus is supposed to be a very quiet environment for academic purposes. Entertainment is not our core business. It’s a way for us to release tension and it has to be within certain boundaries,” he said on the morning show, Campus Exclusive.
On how students can push the agenda and have it accepted, Dr Adomako said students would have to, “go to the General Assembly or make a proposal and then we talk to the executive committee of the Student Representative Council (SRC) because they are really the leaders of the halls and maybe we zone the programmes to get three activities.”
Activities for the celebrations include gospel rock show, fashion show, boxing night, food fair, pageantry, health talk, relationship talk and cooking competition. The event is usually climaxed with an artiste night where popular musicians perform to entertain the gathering.
Some students mostly measure the success or otherwise of an administration with the outcome of hall week celebrations but a section of the student populace wonder why their executives would prioritise week celebrations over refurbishing reading rooms and other physical development projects.
Meanwhile, per the five-year strategic plan of the SRC, there is supposed to be a joint week celebration where the unique culture of the various halls will be displayed.
By: Benefo Buabeng – Pulse.com.gh