Heads of Host Institutions of IDeL Programmes commend UEW Management

Heads of Host institutions of the University of Education Winneba’s (UEW) Distance Education Programmes have praised UEW management for the concerted efforts being undertaken by the latter to maintain its frontline position in the provision of Distance Education in the country.

The Heads, numbering about 36 from various Senior High Schools, Colleges of Education and Technical Universities pointed to among other things, improved monitoring and supervision of tutors, regular and timely supply of study and examination materials to the various centres and regular visits to the study centers by the top rank officials of the Institute of Distance and e-Learning (IDeL) to interact with all relevant stakeholders at the centers.

Some of the Heads of IDeL Host Institutions at the UEW Workshop

They also mentioned the marked improvement in the assessment test type to students as admirable and commended Management for improving office accommodation and ensuring prompt payments of remuneration to tutors and allowances for the heads of the host institutions.

These were made known when they met UEW Management in Kumasi for a workshop from February 26-28, 2019 aimed at equipping and empowering Heads to continue to play a central role in the running of the Distance programmes. The three-day workshop was a follow-up to an earlier meeting in August, 2018.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni expressed appreciation to the Heads of Host Institutions for attending the workshop in their numbers and said the gesture was indicative of their determination to help UEW’s Distance Education Model succeed.

Vice-Chancellor (middle), Pro Vice-Chancellor (left) and Registrar in attendance

He reiterated UEW’s commitment to improving the Distance Education Model with management making various efforts including a decision to suspend opening up new study centers in order to concentrate on strengthening and beefing-up the overall quality of the existing ones.

“We are not only about quantity of students or physical infrastructure but an overall quality of the programme,” he told the heads and hinted of plans to even tighten-up the process of recruiting tutors onto the Distance Education programme to ensure the highest standards possible.

Following a few challenges the Heads brought to the fore, the Director of IDeL, Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah said the criticism would spur UEW on to make its Distance Education Model one of the best.

He hinted that IDeL would soon experiment a model (Programme Based Models) where different study centers would host different programmes as a means to address the congestion at some of the study centers.

Prof. Owusu Mensah addressing issues at the workshop

Again, he indicated that his outfit had already started the processes to revise Distance Education Modules.

Also present at the workshop were the Acting Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. J. K. Kagya-Agyemang; Registrar, the Surveyor Paul Osei-Barima Esq.; Acting Head of Finance, Mr. Bruno Chirani; and the Acting Principal of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK), Prof. Frederick K. Sarfo.

Prof. Frederick K. Sarfo (second from left) stressing a point