History of the SRC
Necessity, they say is the mother of invention. There came a time in the political history of Ghana – a cocktail of tumultuous, joyous, dark and hopeful period. This period had many occurrences that directly and indirectly affected the lives of students in the country. In the wake of this period, students in the bid to protect their interests engaged themselves in a battle. Daunting as this battle of interests was, the students were unrelenting in their resolve. They fought this battle with others of common interests by forming groups and on individual basis. This battle raged on from 1952 to 1970.
“Together we stand, divided we fall”, is an adage that underscores the importance of unity. This desire for a united front birthed the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), as a common platform for the collective representation of students in decision-making. The SRC became a force to reckon with in the era of military dictatorships as they voiced out the concerns of the masses.
Today, the SRC has grown to embrace a lot more responsibilities and they are considered partners in development, in addition to the earlier mandate of representing the interests of the students. University of Ghana’s SRC concerns itself with all aspects of students’ welfare within the University. In addition to that, it coordinates the activities of academic, cultural, religious, political and recreational clubs and societies. It also links the students with external organizations.
Immediately an individual becomes a registered student of the University of Ghana, that person automatically becomes a member of the SRC. Therefore, all students are eligible and encouraged to participate in one or more of the various programs and events of the SRC. University of Ghana’s SRC is a constituent organization of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), which coordinates all aspects of students’ activities nationally and internationally. The University Council Boards/Committees that deal with Students’ welfare have slots for SRC representation.
Aims and objectives
The interests and welfare of the student body in general and the University of Ghana in particular is first on the priority list of the SRC. They serve as the mouthpiece of the entire student body of the University. The SRC communicates the interests of the students to the University authorities.
The SRC also fosters good relations between students of the University and the outside world by coordinating with other student organizations in Ghana and elsewhere in matter of mutual interests.