Matters Arising : Ministry of Education And Stakeholders Needs To Take A Second Look at E-Learning Platforms

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With the closing down of all Educational institutions due to the increasing cases of the novel Corona virus by the President of the country,

He further tasked the Ministry Of Education to roll out an E-learning program through the various tertiary institutions with the aim of keeping the students engaged on their studies as the academic calendar continues during this difficult time.

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E-learning is one of the most effective and modern of studying. It is very common is the more developed countries, with E-learning , lectures, assignments and class projects are held online. One needs to have a smart phone or computer (laptop) and Internet connectivity in order to access these E-learning platforms.

 

In Ghana, the directive for the use of E- Learning platforms to aid students in their studies has been hit with a high criticism from tertiary students and the public in general.

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Students of Bluecrest College ,a private university sited in the Greater Accra region has been airing this displeasure on how the Student Representative Council (SRC) and management of the institution are being inconsiderate with its students during this trying times as they have been ordered to Gh¢3,970 and Gh¢7,000 for local and international students respectively.

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Another concern sited by the students of Bluecrest College raised was that student are tasked to provide their own data (internet ) to access this platform, which many of them complaining that they risked their lives as they will defer the #StayHome directive by the President Of Ghana by going out to buy airtime ,exposing them to a possible infection of the Covid-19 virus. Students also complain that the SRC of the School should do more than what they are currently doing
as shown in the memo and screenshot below

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In other relating stories, on-air media personality Nana Aba Anamoah quizzed her followers on micro blogging “Twitter ” why they were against the concept of E-learning and it’s interesting to see the reaction which flooded her timeline .some of the reaction has captured below.

 

 

She later ask a valid question, how would e-learning cater for the visually impaired students?

There is no doubt that the Ministry Of Education had good intentions with this e-learning project but as it stands now students of most of this tertiary institutions are not happy with how the project is being managed.

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The Ministry should therefore come to the aid of these students by engaging their stakeholders to find a suitable solution for this situation because the e-learning project is becoming a nightmare rather than a blessing.


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