Dumsor – ‘Public Varsities to Get Relief During the Exam Period’. Did it Have to Take this Long?


A special arrangement has been made by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for public universities to be relieved from the current load-shedding in the country.

Some institutions that will benefit from this relief include the University of Ghana, Legon; University of Education, Winneba; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; University of Cape Coast and the University for Development Studies. The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr. Sam Okudjeto Ablakwa, disclosed this in an interview.

It’s good news for we students to know that we will be free from the ‘dumsor’ menace at least in this period of examination. We should be grateful for the efforts of the ministry of education. However, wouldn’t it have been much more beneficial if the arrangement had been made earlier in the semester?

Preparation for exams is not a day’s activity that one can just carryout and get results. It begins as the semester starts and spans through to the end.

Though the impact of this arrangement will be great, I still have some reservations; in that, we students could have made much out of the semester if the arrangement had come earlier.

How do we make up for the 5:30-7:30pm lectures that couldn’t take place due to dumsor? Again, our inability to fully understand other lectures that we managed to strain our ears to hear because dumsor rendered the public address system in the lecture hall unusable.

We are not being ungrateful for the tireless effort of the Ministry of Education to ensure that we have light to study for our exams but academic work would have been more efficient if the arrangement had come earlier in the semester.

Joshua. M. Ngula

Posted by Joshua. M. Ngula

University of Ghana

One comment on this post

  1. Nando Gideon says:

    It would have been better if the effort made by the Ministry of Education was mead early or in the beginning of the Semester.
    Exams is not a one activity as you said
    One need to prepare towards this Exams
    Without this resources (electricity ,), one will find it difficult in his or her learning process
    All the same we are greatful to the effort made by the ministry of education

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