The problem is attributed to the limited academic facilities, limited family economic resources, and national examinations that set the bar too high and too early for students to succeed. However, the lack of accommodation facilities for students in and around the public institutions has become topical in recent times and especially since COVID-19 invaded the country last year.
On Monday January 11, 2021 tertiary educational institutions re-opened per a directive by President Akufo-Addo after almost 10 months of the COVID -19 break. There was the usual mad rush for accommodation on campus, with the COVID-19 outbreak the accommodation challenges could get worse. This is because fewer students had to be in a room than the usual numbers.
The increase in first year applications following the high number of passes by the first batch of free Senior High graduates was another factor. Stephanie was a first-year student I came across at the University of Ghana, from the Ashanti Region. According to her, she registered online but was later denied access when she reported with the excuse that the place was full.
‘‘It was a very frustrating moment for me, my mum had to stay behind days in Accra just to ensure my accommodation issues were solved before she left back to Kumasi where I come from’’.
Heads of the halls could only try to explain the technical challenges in the situation. The rent disparity could have been the reason for the scramble for the traditional halls.
During my interview with the Dean of students at the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Godfred A. Bokpin, on the development, he acknowledged that the cost of renting around the university is on the high side making it difficult for students to afford.
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