Better communication needed, UWI
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I must say that I am less than impressed with the way the University of the West Indies operates. The manner in which they communicate with their students indicates a clear lack of respect and consideration. Pertinent information is communicated last minute with little regard for the fact that in this day and age many students are working and/or the head of their household either as primary bread winner or mother/father and as such cannot make changes to their lives at the drop of a hat. This issue, to me indicates something that is flawed within our schools; to whom does one complain when the issue is not with lecturers but those above them, that are responsible for creating the schedule and communicating it with the students?
Has our society become so narcissistic that something as trivial as this warrants persons (students) wondering how can a department be so apathetic and not recognise the constraints of the modern-day student. A student is a customer, a paying customer and it appears the University of the West Indies has lost sight of this and with nowhere to turn students of UWI, Mona are attempting to ascertain their degrees in an unnecessarily stressful and strenuous fashion.
It is time that the heads of this so called institution for higher learning hold themselves to a higher standard and begin organise the programmes offered in a manner that is not only conducive to learning but also provides students with more than sufficient time to make necessary adjustments to their day-to-day life.