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08.06.2007 Education

Legon to implement controversial residential policy

By myjoyonline

The authorities of the University of Ghana, Legon, have said the university has not agreed on any percentage allocation of residential facilities to students.

They, therefore, said the "In-Out-Out-Out" residential policy to be implemented from 2007/08 academic year would go ahead as announced.

That is contrary to a statement by the Students Representative Council (SRC) that the Residence Board of the University had decided on allocating approximately 60 per cent of residential facilities in the traditional halls to fresh students and 40 per cent to final-year students in a new residential policy.

It said the decision was taken at the maiden meeting of the residence board of the university, which was attended by the SRC President, Ms Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor, last week.

However, the Daily Graphic reported that the Dean of Students of the University of Ghana, Dr Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo, said "the meeting never agreed on any percentage allocation of residential facilities to students."

"What the SRC has said is misleading, deceitful and full of mischief. The meeting reaffirmed the university's policy of giving preference to freshers," he stated.

With the In-Out-Out-Out policy, priority is to be given to freshmen and women in the allocation of rooms to enable new students to get settled in their new environment comfortably.

Dr Banoeng-Yakubo noted that in spite of the policy, some Level 400 (final-year) students would get accommodation, adding that after the above allocation had been done, rooms that remained would be given to Level 400 students with preference to those who had never had accommodation since they entered the university.

He said the In-Out-Out-Out policy did not just spring up, and that it had been something discussed since 2003 at a residence board meeting, which culminated in a gradualist approach that ushered in the policy.

He explained that the gradualist approach was followed based on an appeal by the then student leaders, who said that at the time the issue was being discussed there were continuing students and called for the adoption of such approach to phase out the Level 200 and Level 300 students.

Credit: Daily Graphic