University Education In Ghana Is Now Uncompromising -Prof. Dzidonu

Date published: January 14, 2014
From Michael Boateng, Abesim
Professor Clement K. Dzidonu, President of the Accra Institute of Technology (AiT) has described as unfortunate the situation where employers seek first degree as minimum requirements from prospective employees, thereby making University Education uncompromising in the country.

Interacting with a section of the media at Abesim, near Sunyani, Prof Dzidonu said, despite the situation being a challenge, little has been done to ensure accessibility to university education in the country.

He observed that distance remained a barrier for most workers, especially those in the deprived communities, to acquire university education, though the Distance Education Concept has been introduced.

Prof. Clement Dzidonu disclosed that AiT has introduced the Open University approach to enable workers match their academic load with workload.

He explained that the AiT introduced the Open University approach to education delivery in Ghana in order to dramatically help workers upgrade themselves, improve enrollment and broaden access to tertiary education.

‘Our open university students will access their entire course and learning materials and other learning resources online anywhere in the country from the comfort of their homes, offices and work places’, he said.

The President of AiT advised workers to take opportunity of the Open University concept to meet their full time degree requirements.

Prof. Clement Dzidonu noted that graduate unemployment was very high in the country because most university students entered and pursued any course without considering the course content.

He, therefore, asked students seeking admissions at the various universities to ensure that they examined and pursued courses that would enable them to easily acquire employment on completion.

The Registrar of AiT, Mr. Dominic Osei Boakye, said students offering the Open University programmes would have the opportunity to attend four to five scheduled weekend tutorial sessions on the AiT campus in Accra within a trimester.

He said the institute, which was established in 2009 with few students now had 3,000 students and offered courses in Bachelor of Engineering in electrical and electronic engineering, Bachelor of Science, BScs in Information Technology, Business Administration among other courses.

Mr. Bokaye disclosed that 200 candidates were pursuing their PhD degree at the institute, affiliated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Open University of Malaysia.

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