Government urged to develop strategy to promote open and distance learning

The government was asked to design a strategy to support and promote open and distance learning (ODL) to anchor it in Ghana.

The promoter, Professor Goski Alabi, consulting president of Laweh University College, explained that a deliberate strategy has become necessary to erase the negative perception of substandard quality that undermines open and distance learning.

According to Professor Alabi, in the past, a statement purported to come from the Ministry of Education that sought to categorize certificates from face-to-face universities differently from those from online universities led to the formation of a false impression.

She believed that a deliberate policy by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Higher Education Commission (GTEC) would deal with the problem effectively.

She made the appeal by addressing the third Laweh University College graduation ceremony on November 25 at Nungua University in Accra.

Professor Alabi also advocated the introduction of what she described as work-based learning into the Ghanaian education system so that those with vocations such as masonry, carpentry, electricians and auto mechanics, and have the demonstrated ability to continue their education, to do so. Such a category of people, she said, needed a flexible and practical teaching and learning structure, as foreseen by the ODL.

She argued that ODL has contributed significantly to Ghana’s gross tertiary education enrollment rate, which currently stands at 18.8%.

GTEC Deputy CEO Dr Ahmed Jinapor, who replaced the CEO, praised Laweh University College for demonstrating its commitment to its cause of the blended method of teaching delivery.

Dr Jinapor agreed that the ODL would play a crucial role in determining Ghana to meet its target of 40% gross enrollment rate for higher education by 2030.

According to him, one of Laweh’s best marketing tools is the performance of its graduates upon entering the world of work.

So he advised new graduates to guide, keep and protect the Laweh brand in everything they do.

He urged Laweh to retain his mediated learning approach despite his renaming from Laweh Open University College to Laweh University College.

A total of 38 students have graduated, including 13 master’s students and 25 bachelor’s students, in various business programs.

John Kwabena Yorke was named the best overall graduate student, while Yvonne Botchway became the best overall undergraduate.

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