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Open University Is The Solution – Prof. Alabi

Founder of the Laweh Open University College at Nungua, Professor Joshua Alabi has asserted that open and distance University is the solution to the recurring pressure on the traditional universities with the restricted intakes.

Prof. Alabi,who is the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) said students of such Universities face with little pressure in their studies.
Hence, the need to adopt and give credence to such universities system of learning universe believed have credence to reduce to promote quality tertiary education in the country.
According to him, open education is a flexible part-time mode of learning that allows distance learning using online platforms to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Professor Alabi said this at the maiden convocation lecture of the Laweh Open University College, last Friday in Accra.

The lectures preceded the school graduation ceremony which was on the theme: “The Relevance Of Open Distance Learning In Contemporary Ghana.”

He said open online system of learning would help workers with interest in furthering their education without quitting or leaving their jobs.

The former UPSA Vice-Chancellor said Africa has deprived itself of the true driver of development by ooveremphasisingbasic and secondary education at the detriment of tertiary level.
This,he said has given rise to the phenomenon of little learning, which according to him is a canker which undermines Africa’s sustainable development.

Professor Alabi called for a departure from the composition of only old learned professors leading educational reforms dialogues; adding that the youth must be made to take part in the educational policy formulation or dialogues to better Ghana’s educational system.
Leweh Open University College, has one of the best e-libraries in West Africa with over thirty thousand modern e-books covering the courses understudy in the Lewes University College.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Tanzania Open University, Professor Elifas Tozo Bisanda who was the guest speaker at the event called for a paradigm shift in the classical physical lecture system in the universities in the African educational system regarding the mode of learning.

According to him, the western world is gradually the conventional physical contact means of learning in view of the technological advancement to Open Distance Learning due to space and time; and Africa must not be left behind if it really wants to keep at par with the rest of the world.

Professor Bisanda hinted that an Open Distance Learning learner who is research-oriented is a self-motivated, strong and agile independent learner, and these enable them to explore all avenues and adequately equip them for the job market, therefore, charged Ghanaians and the African continent to embrace the system.

On her part, Prof. Olivia Kwapong, with the Department of Adults Education at the University of Ghana, Legon, said the indigenous apprenticeship approach of education bridges socialisation, learning of languages and religion amongst others to make learners relevant in the world of work.

Professor Kwapong who believes the best institution is the one which identifies the strength and weakness of students, groom and brings out the best in them, also suggested that institutions give the first chances to the perceived poor students before those deemed brilliant, “if Ghana and for that matter, Africa really seeks to harness its human resource capital”,
Laweh Open University is affiliated to the Tanzania Public Open University and the first Open University in Ghana which has graduated 22 students for 2019 over the weekend.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Delali Awuyeh

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