In the short term, authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have made arrangement for the main University’s library to operate for 24 hours within the end of semester examination period to allow students studying for the exams prepare adequately.
End of first semester examination for the 2018/19 academic year in KNUST has been scheduled to commence from January 8 to January 21, 2019 than the usual November-December period due to a revised academic calendar as a result of impasse that occurred in the institution which distorted the original calendar.
Similar to previous examinations in KNUST, students preparations and expectations towards this semester’s exams has generally been filled with higher anticipations of passing very well despite earlier fears by many students that lecturers may set difficult questions to trail them because of the impasse.
About 16,888 first year students are writing their official end of semester exams for the very first time in their university education in KNUST.
In effort by management to help students study thoroughly and prepare themselves adequately for the end of first semester exams, approval has been granted for a 24/7 operation of the Prempeh II Library.
A notice sent to the general student body of KNUST from the Dean of Students indicates that ”the main library will operate for 24 hours till the end of the examination”.
Previously, there had been complains by students on restrictions by the university management on the time at which classrooms and libraries are closed to prevent students from studying in the night during examination periods, a situation which students believe affected outcome of their exams.
However, the Samuel Amoako-Kusi 2016/17 led SRC administration succeeded in their solicitation for a 24hr library operation which would enable students study in the main library of KNUST (Prempeh II Library) throughout the day and night.
In continuity, Approval was also granted by the university authorities to the David Dannah led SRC administration in 2017/18 cademic year for the non residential facility (Non-Re) and the newly renovated building opposite the Architecture department in addition to the main library to be opened as a learning center in the 2017/18 first semester exams period.
Additionally, the Dannah led SRC through its transport commission made provision for buses to convey students to their various hostels off campus throughout the night for the period of the examination.
The 24hr library operation is expected to continue in subsequent semesters.