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Distance education to be pursued in regions

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The Hon. Dep. Minister for Education in-charge of Tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that distance education could now be pursued in all the ten regions of Ghana since students now have access to the state-of-the-art ICT facilities.

These ICT facilities, the Deputy Minister, observed gives students access to information that is required for their academic work.

Hon. Ablakwa was inaugurating the University of Ghana Distance Education ICT project under the Chinese phase 2 ICT project in Accra.

The project was an agreement signed between the UG and the Chinese Company, Unisplendour Software of Tsinghua University, Beijing, an implementation of an ICT Based Distance Education Project.

The project worth $37.5 million was funded by the Chinese Government loan procured by the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Ministry of Education for the University of Ghana.

Distance education to be pursued in regionsThe Dep. Minister said the facility, the only kind in sub-Sahara Africa, is well equipped with a 9.7 inch internet enabled android tablets fully loaded with contents required for academic work and would be distributed to students that would be on the Distance learning programme at the UG.

He said the project would afford the Ministry the opportunity to expand the in-take at the tertiary level.

He also added that under the phase one of the project, the University of Ghana Campus was connected to the wi-fi and connectivity was improved for students all over campus.

Mr. Ablakwa noted that Ghana's education system is like a pyramid with a huge base with limited space at the tertiary level. According to him, the ICT based distance learning project would boost in-take at the higher education level.

He applauded the UG for working tireless toward the project, saying diligence and commitment had guaranteed the project.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Ms. Sun Baohong, said China was ready to share their expertise by helping Ghana's education towards development.

She hinted that China's priority area was in education and each year her country would donate ICT laboratory to the people of Ghana.

Distance education to be pursued in regionsThe Vice Chancellor of UG, Prof Ernest Aryeetey, who chaired the occasion, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ghana and the Ministry of Education, and he commended the Vice President of Unislendour Software, Mr. Yong Deng and his team for their good work.


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