Mr Mattew Nyaaba, a tutor at the Gambaga College of Education has bemoaned on Governments initiative in the
adoption of full virtual education in colleges.
According to him, Ghana can’t implement a full Virtual Education in this time of CONVID’19 but we can adapt a partial virtual education.
Speaking in an exclusive conversation this is what he has to say…
“I appreciate the President and his leaders for their effort for such a bold initiative I know is a bold initiative
taken by the Principals and I know they are equally aware of the challenges to that effect.
However, I don’t see it to be feasible and hence will not be effective”, he added.
Ghana can’t implement a full Virtual Education in this time of CONVID’19 but we can adapt a partial virtual education.
“We have already started this virtual education and I can confidently say, it averagely exposes students to or covers less than 40% of the learning experiences, what happens to the 60%?
When we talk of Virtual Education is a teaching and learning process based on the principles of active pedagogy (that’s the student must take the responsibility of frequent and effective participation), with the characteristics of distance education (during all classes, or most of them, the students and the teacher will not meet personally, although this could happen in a virtual space).
For example, both tutors and students can chat with each other in real-time using internet services, but also by e-mail or participate in e-groups such as WhatsApp, Google Classroom that don’t require that both are on-line at the same time.
However, the problem at hand is due to the common challenges that we are all aware of ranging from poor network, lack of technological devices, home distractions, time inconsistency, etc.
Unlike other developed countries, E-learning in Ghana is still at its infancy stage and we have a long way to go.
And I still repeat; We have already started this virtual education and I can confidently say, it averagely exposes students to or covers less than 40% of the learning experiences, what happens to the 60%?, even with that we can averagely get less than 30% of the students participating, what happens to the 70% of students?
My strongest recommendation is that we should manage to get the students back on campus and perhaps lock the schools down and ensure that there is supervision on students and their studies to Safeguide their safety”.
How can it be detected if a student is infected or not?
“I will suggest for a mass testing for all students upon their arrival in the schools.
I don’t know much about the health sector and the possibility of a timely mass testing of all colleges of education students but I think it is possible.
Since we were able to do it during the period of mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 as per the President’s directive, we can equally do it with the students.
The mass testing can be done upon students arrival on campus and periodically till the total end of this pandemic whiles they are engaged in their studies.
The government can employ equal strategy by acquiring more testing kits and employing more hands for this exercise too”.
Talking on the Number of students per room/Hostels.
“It is manageable, once they are tested negative, they can stay together and be ensuring the preventive measures (sanitizing, hand washing, etc).
Instead of the stay home stay safe agenda, it could be Stay in school stay safe agenda.
The success of ‘stay in school stay safe agenda’ may compel other countries with similar situations to learn from us.
We can regulate students number during dining and other gatherings. This I think would even be easier since they are students and understand the implications”.
Mr. Nyaaba finally opined that it would be better we patiently wait and totally battle off the CONVID ’19 pandemic before resuming academic activities.