I’m currently doing my doctoral degree at a local university. As much as I sincerely believe it to be one of the best places to obtain an education, the poor infrastructure is growing more concerning.
Firstly, the ceilings at some faculty buildings are in need of repair works. During the rainy season, the water would leak onto the floor, making it especially slippery to walk on.
Then there is the water dispenser issue. While they are made available throughout the campus, quite a number of them have not been working for a few years. Despite countless requests to have them fixed, the issue has remained.
Thirdly, some learning tools could use some maintenance works. Among them are cables for internet sockets in classrooms and Wi-Fi connection. Every time a staff member asks for some sort of an upgrade, the answer is always the same: “No budget.”
Finally there are not enough working air conditioners. The situation is so bad that some lecturers have opted to work from home to avoid teaching in overheated classrooms.
The university has been my intellectual home since I was an undergraduate. To see it deteriorating is heart-breaking. Additionally, the persistent issues are distracting us from the tasks at hand. I hope the authority could take seriously the plight of the students and staff, and take prompt action in improving the state of the campus.