‘Perching’ in University of Ghana almost history under my watch – Prof. Ayittey

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Ayittey has said the practice of ‘perching’ at the educational institution has largely been minimized under his watch.

According to him, his tenure has seen a lot of accommodation being put up for the teeming number of students in the university.

Perching is the practice of non-residential students staying with friends resident on campus.

So notorious has the practice been that accommodation on campus has seriously been affected over the years.

The University’s authorities in years gone had tried several times to stop the practice but failed in their attempt. The University Council, had once recommended that perching be made an offence.

However speaking to Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Starr FM Wednesday, Prof. Ayittey stated that currently there’s almost enough accommodation for all students.

“I have dealt with all the perchers in Legon. People were perching because we didn’t have enough accommodation. We have provided a lot more through the private hostels, there is almost enough accommodation for students. I know there’s a bit of perching though.”

Prof. Ayittey further stated that a lot of facilities have been provided in the various lecture halls to ensure teaching and learning is more confortable.

“We have broken the class size into smaller groups; officially no class size should exceed 350. We are not doing badly in terms of facilities for academic work. Apart from breaking the class size into smaller numbers, we have provided a lot of facilities in our lecture rooms, even for the large classes we have excellent audio systems in place. In Legon today, we are putting up facilities that will give 60% more space to the university and in two years time they should be ready.”

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