All Distant Learning Programmes Should Be Offline – GRASAG GIJ
The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ Chapter of Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG), has appealed to Government to ensure the proposed distant learning programmes for all students are held offline.
This is to ensure that students without data would able to access the programme.
A statement issued and signed by Mr Nicholas Antwi, President of GRASAG, (GIJ) Chapter and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), emphasized that although the move was a good initiative, it must be carried out on offline platforms to make it easily accessible to all students nationwide.
The statement said, “It’s a good initiative but it must be replaced with some digital learning structure to ensure the academic calendar is not affected. These platforms run on data (internet) but there are also offline platforms that can be created to make it easily accessible to students. We, therefore, need to ensure that the platform that will be made available for reading materials and lecture tutorials can be accessed offline.”
It added that “the alternative, which is to use the online platform requires data (internet), which means the government will have to provide the data free of charge to students, something that will not be feasible.”
On Sunday, March 15, President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, directed the closure of all academic institutions effective Monday, March 16, as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
The President further urged the Ministry of Communications and the Education Ministry to launch distance learning programmes to ensure that the academic calendar was not affected.