The President of the Technical Universities Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Dr.Micheal Brigandi has said the e-learning processes in Ghanaian tertiary institutions during this coronavirus period might have to be reviewed should the pandemic persists
The President speaking in an interview with Samuel Eshun on the Happy Morning Show on Happy 98.9FM said the e-learning in tertiary institutions is a “short term measure in expectation of an early end of the pandemic”.
He however if these processes continue for the next few months to come, it will affect both lecturer and students.
He explained that even though technical universities are adhering to the President’s directive on the use of e-learning, but the reality is the majority of universities encounter difficulties in terms of the infrastructure put in place before the e-learning process was implemented.
“We, as a technical university, are complying with the President’s directive to use e-learning. That is not to say that there are no challenges. We needed a certain infrastructure in place before e-learning. But it is a pandemic so it is an emergency situation”, he said.
He added that some students may not have an electronic device like smartphones and laptops or the worst access to internet their community.
According to him, both lecturers and students are trying their utmost best to make the process work. However, if it continues for a long period of time, both parties might complain amid the high data prices.
He made known that platforms such as Google class, Zoom meetings, and Whatsapp were being used for the e-learning class.
Dr. Michael Brigandi when asked by the host Samuel Eshun if technical universities were charging students before permitted access on the learning platforms, He answered NO.
He furthered that he had not yet received any complaint of students being asked to pay school fees before joining e-learning platforms.
Following the unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the President directed for the closure of all educational institutions while making e-learning the alternative to a physical classroom.
However, several complaints have been leveled against the e-learning process, popular complaints among students are high prices of the data package.