The Founder of the Laweh Open University College, Professor Joshua Alabi, has stated that Open or Online University is the solution to recurring pressure on traditional universities that has restricted intakes.
Prof. Alabi, who is also the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), and a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Krowor constituency said students of such Universities have no pressure on their studies, which is why there is a need to adopt and give credence to that system as it has the tendency to reduce pressure on tertiary education.
He explained that open online 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, ahead of its graduation ceremony in Accra. It 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 to do so without quitting or leaving their jobs.
Delivering the keynote address Prof Alabi said Africa has deprived itself of the true driver of development by over emphasizing basic and secondary education at the detriment of tertiary level.
This according to him has given rise to the phenomenon of little learning, which is 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-library in West Africa with over thirty thousand modern e-books covering the courses understudy in the Laweh 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 universities now in the African educational system regarding the mode of learning.
He said an Open Distance Learning learner who is research oriented is a self-motivated, strong and agile independent leaner, and these enable them to explore all avenues and adequately equip them for the job market. He therefore, charged Ghanaians and the African continent to embrace the system.
Prof. Olivia Kwapong, of the Department of Adults Education at the University of Ghana, Legon, said the indigenous apprenticeship approach to education bridges socialization, learning of languages and religion among others.
Laweh Open University is affiliated to the Tanzania Public Open University and is the first Open University in Ghana.
Source: Elikplim K. Awuyeh