National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, John Dumelo, has promised to distribute over 4,000 laptops to tertiary students in the constituency.
He says that the distribution, which starts in September, is aimed at improving access to online learning.
“From September 2020, our plan is to give out over 4,000 Free laptops to students. The John Dumelo Foundation and I will distribute over 4,000 laptops to students in the constituency. I believe in quality education. I am convinced that this gesture will improve access to online learning tertiary students,” he announced.
“Our hope is that, through the support of everyone, we can reach out to many more students,” he added.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced tertiary institutions to move their academic activities online.
This has, however, not been so smooth as some of the students complained of not having the means to partake in these online classes.
That notwithstanding, these institutions were able to complete the second semester of the academic calendar online with the majority of their students partaking.
For instance, Ghana’s premier tertiary institution, University of Ghana had about 40,000 of its students enroll in its online programme.
Tertiary institutions like the Ashesi University have already announced plans to commence the 2020/2021 academic year online.
UniversNews gathers that other universities will tow this line as the government has indicated that it is yet to set modalities for the reopening of schools for continuing students.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism has informed its successful undergraduate applicants that their “offer of admission is contingent upon your understanding and confirmation that you have the necessary computing and other requisite skills and also fully equipped to participate in online teaching and learning.”
“By accepting this offer, then, you are agreeing that you have the means (technology and skills) to access and utilise the institution’s Learning Management System and other online resources for participation and completion of your study programme,” the offer letter adds.