Gov’t urged to explore option of Free SHS distance education

Jonathan Teye, President of Leicester University Alumni-West African Chapter

The President of the University of Leicester Alumni-West African Chapter has called on government to explore the option of Distance Learning to complement the efforts invested in the educational sector.

Citing the “novel” Free Senior High School (SHS) policy championed by the government, Jonathan Teye, emphasized the need for more financial injection to guarantee its success in the medium to long-term.

He stressed that the available infrastructure alone will not be enough and appealed to government to consider other options such as virtual or distance learning models to cut cost.

Speaking at the launch of the West African Alumni Chapter of the University in Accra, Mr Teye said such a system will free up students to access quality education while they are gainfully employed.

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Some Leicester alumni 

This, he believes, is one reason why the University of Leicester becomes a very welcoming partner in national development.

This was done in conjunction with The School of Business of the University of Leicester in conjunction with its Alumni Ghana chapter and International Distance Education Center (IDEC) – Ghana.

On his part, the head of IDEC Ghana, Emmanuel Kwashie Agbodzi, stressed the essence of adherence to standards in order to sharpen the quality of education in tertiary education across the country.

“The problem in Ghana is not the availability of laws but the enforcement of the same,” he added.

Dr Matthew Higgins with Mr Teye

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Contributing to the discussion, patron and Senior Lecturer of the School of Business at the University of Leicester, Dr Matthew Higgins reiterated the need for government to pay attention to the quality training of students on the business front.

He said such good training is priceless for national development, which is exactly what the University of Leicester represents.

The occasion which had in attendance alumni from various spheres of corporate life served as a monumental gathering to celebrate achievements attained by the Ghana Alumni Chapter and to also launch the West African Chapter of the Alumni Body.