By Adama Tine
Students of the University of The Gambia (UTG) on Friday held a peaceful protest at the University with the slogan “Enough is Enough.”
The protest, initiated by the Students’ Union of the UTG and all sub-associations came at the heels of the ongoing controversy between the Government of the Gambia, the Governing Council of the University and the Staff Association of the University.
The students during the protest expressed their dissatisfaction with developments currently unfolding at the University.
Prior to the protest on Friday, the students put forward several demands which are directly affecting their academic lives, including a demand for the reduction of tuition fees, provision of student’s’ buses and sacking of underperforming lecturers.
The students’ association also demanded that the University Management effectively resolve all missing grades and to immediately address late submission of grades.
They also demanded for the renovation of all poor facilities in UTG before lectures begin this semester, provide laboratory for the Medical School and Arts and Science, provide studios for the Journalism Students and the cost attached to paying transcript fees be reduced for both national and international purposes.
They added that standard libraries should be established in all campuses, especially Brikama campus; that UTG should increase the number of lecturers to schools lacking enough lecturers, and bringing back adjunct lecturers whose performances have satisfied students.
They further demanded the management to resume onsite lectures effective this semester and also install strong WiFi / Internet connectivity across all campuses before lectures begin.
“We further call on the government to constitute a task-force committee which MUST include the students that would spearhead the implementation of each of our demands,” they continued.
“With these demands, we remain very firm and resolute on their immediate implementation without any further negotiations. And unless these demands are met, we reiterate that we would boycott all lectures and that no student should pay his or her tuition fees until further notice,” they stressed.
“We have endured so much and in conditions that are even more deplorable and debilitating than what both the staff and management are facing. We have been patient for too long. We cannot take it anymore. ‘Enough is Enough,’”they concluded.