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General News of Monday, 25 February 2008

Source: GNA

UEW to create more study centers

Winneba, Feb. 25, GNA - The University of Education, Winneba, is undertaking feasibility studies to enable it to create more study centers at vantage places to reduce the distances distance learners have to travel from their stations to study.

Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw said this at the matriculation of 1,516 level 100 students to undertake Diploma in Basic Education programme by distance from the southern sector.

He said the university's 13 Centers for Distance Learning have been categorized as the Northern and the Southern sectors.

The Northern sector comprises Atebubu, Bechem, Enchi, Kumasi, Navrongo, Tamale and Wa, while the southern sector is made up of Accra, Cape Coast, Dambai, Hohoe, Koforidua and Winneba.

Prod Asabere-Ameyaw told the matriculates that successful distance learning required the ability to reflect about their learning and become a responsible and self directed learner.

He told them to attend the monthly tutorial sessions regularly with all the seriousness it deserves and submit their assignments on time. Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said about 15,000 Certificate 'A' teachers leave the classroom each year for further studies, which creates vacancies in basic schools that are difficult to fill.

He said the role of distance education was therefore being used as a method of delivery of teacher training to supplement the conventional approach.

Prof Asabere-Ameyaw said the use of distance education enabled the educational system to respond to the national need to train as many teachers as possible for the pre-tertiary level while at the same time keeping them in the classroom during the period of the programme.

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