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Research activities by students badly affected this year due to COVID-19

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In the wake of a pandemic such as this, the novel Coronavirus students are the most affected ones with decisions by government to halt every educational activity for almost two months leading to academic stagnation.

University students who are reading various science course who are expected to carry out “on the field” science research have been the badly hits category of students.

In an interaction with some lecturers of the Animal Science department of the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology, they noted that most of the students had to change the research topics to topics that can easily to covered without human contacts or travelling to undergo the research.

“some students had to even use qualitative research part of research since they can’t go out to perform the research, they had to even change their topics to suit a new direction due to COVID-19 so that we can avoid close contact and this affected as greatly since we normally use the practical aspect of their research to know if they really understood what has taught them all these while and if indeed they are ready for the job market,” they said.

Meanwhile, the Education and Outreach Officer at the Kumasi Zoo, Jemimah Kesse, also said the COVID-19 has negatively impacted the Zoo since many students couldn’t make it this year to undergo their research projects.

“Research students have also been affected, in the Universities, when they were sent home, some of them had this place as their project site, but due to the measures that were put in place, and some of them had to change their topics so that they can finish on time. Others also were coming for field studies and they realized that because of the closure, it also became difficult”, she said.

Speaking to John Teye (not his real name), a student of KNUST who spoke under anonymity he noted that, even though the pandemic has caused some many changes in the academic curriculum, some lecturers are also taking advantage of the situation to fail students.

“Some lecturers are trying their best to help students pass their exams but others are also using this as their stronghold to fail students” he stated.

By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com

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