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.
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.
Nana please is not as if we are against it oo
It is not efficient
The network is sometimes a problem even when participating in an ongoing class
In this time of hardship it is expensive using it .some us are parent are no more working because of lockdown.
— Nana_tsiremu (@nanatsiremu) April 15, 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
How is the e-learning platform catering for hearing and visually impaired students?
— nana (@thenanaaba) April 15, 2020
She later ask a valid question, how would e-learning cater for the visually impaired students?
We are not kicking against the e learning. In fact it a brilliant idea but here is the case, there isn’t any logistics to aid us and again what about our brothers in remote areas who can’t even have access to internet connectivity yet alone to talk of money for data bundles.
— khimo💧 (@coolkhimo) April 15, 2020
As for valley view university they are telling us if you dont pay your fees in full you won't write exams. Meanwhile our parents are home not working and these old men won't soften their grounds in this trying moment. @thenanaaba please speak for us we are suffering.
— iam_qwadjo (@IQwadjo) April 16, 2020
They are being lazy and giving excuses. If it is data how much do they bundle to watch those YouTube, tiktok,etc videos on social media…tiktok consumes a lot of data and yet…..
Online school would not take much.
Don't you(students) think the lecturer can sleep but they care
— AJ (@ah_dree_ahna) April 16, 2020
Having access to the platforms is different from being able to operate them. Until all these modalities are mitigated, the e-learning must be halted!!
— Emmanuel Asare (@manueldominion) April 16, 2020
— sk.🇬🇭⚡️ (@_Asiama_) April 15, 2020
Some student live in remote areas some don't even get networks to be on these platforms most of these student phones are not compatible with some elearning apps
— Jlevelz #Superbet (@JLevelz) April 15, 2020
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.
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.