By Tabora Bojang
The management of the University of The Gambia has assured the students (medicine and allied health sciences) that the administration has ardently taken note of their concerns and expressed strong commitment to addressing them as soon as possible.
Medical students of the UTG in a press conference recently held in Banjul campus have called on the management of the nation’s highest institution to improve their educational and clinical services that have been a challenge for the past years.
Among the challenges raised by the students is accommodation, inconsistency of lecturers’ annual holidays and prolonged existence of their seven years curriculum which was extended to an additional one year in the past two years with an “extra one year payment.”
In a statement privy to The Standard through the overseer of UTG relations office, the Management said the problem has been earlier discussed and urged the students to remain calm.
“This is why the Management was surprised to see in the public gallery what is understood to be an internal problem. We urged the students to exercise patience while we look into the issues. Whereas we acknowledge that there is room for improvement, the Management wishes to emphasize that it has not wavered in it’s strive to provide a conducive learning environment for the entire University community,” it stated.
It added that the UTG admin, under the leadership of Prof. Faqir Muhammed Anjum, has taken a proactive and pragmatic stance in its efforts to improve conditions for students.
“In collaboration with our partners, major construction projects are underway to address the issues of space and infrastructure on all our campuses. We have just completed a three storey building of multiple office and lecture spaces, which will house the school of ICT and library facilities at our Kanifing campus, Moreover, funds are already secured for an additional floor on the building housing the medical school in Banjul,” the statement said.