The President of the West African Chapter of the University of Leicester Alumni, Jonathan Teye, has called on the government to take a critical look at virtual education and its role in national development.
Mr. Teye believes government can leverage virtual or distant education to reduce the burden on physical educational infrastructure in Ghana.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Teye stated that virtual education can complement traditional education in the production of quality human capital for the country.
“I would like to encourage the government and its agencies to look at the virtual space of learning because how many physical educational structure can we put up to accommodate the high number of graduates we are churning out every year.”
Mr. Teye highlighted the role that technology can play in improving access to transformational education.
“If the government can use available technology to improve access to quality education, we will get to a time when Ghanaians will not think of entering a lecture hall to receive the education they require.”
Jonathan Teye was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the West African Alumni Chapter of the University of Leicester.
The launch, which was organized by The University of Leicester, UK, in collaboration with IDEG-GHANA and the Ghana Alumni Chapter, was used as a networking opportunity for students and alumni from the West African Sub-region.
The launch was also used as an occasion to highlight the important role that Leicester University’s distance learning program has played in producing quality human resource for the West African sub-region.
The Managing Director of the International Distance Education Centre (IDEC), the local recruitment partner for the University of Leicester in Ghana, Emmanuel Agbodzi, also called for stronger enforcement of the law to ensure that quality standards are maintained at all tertiary institutions in the country.
“The problem in Ghana is not the availability of laws, but the enforcement of same. The law enforcement agencies shouldn’t have to wait till something untoward happens.”
Ghanaian Students currently have the opportunity to study courses such as; the Leicester MBA, MSc Finance, MSc Marketing, MSc HRM & Training, MSc Occupational Psychology of Work and many others with the University of Leicester.
The University of Leicester is one of UK’s largest providers of distance learning courses with over 1,000 new distance learners joining each year.
By: Bobbie Osei/citifmonline.com/Ghana