Due to the outbreak of the pandemic in the world schools were asked to close down which made all learning centers like schools become ghost towns, in order not to halt learning completely some colleges of education decided to incorporate the online method of learning, and as we speak now some of these colleges have strengthened their online learning system which has now become part of them.
An example of this college is the Seventh Day Adventist College of Education which is located at Agona, the district capital of Sekyere South, Ashanti Region has taken steps to advance its online learning structures and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The principal of the college Dr. Peter Ofori, talking to the media at the campus at Agona said the purpose of the initiative which was necessitated by the educational problems confronted by the pandemic that has been causing a lot of havoc in the world, was to ensure that access to academic programs is not interrupted as well as educational resources and researching.
Dr.Peter stated that the current final year students who were benefiting from the initiative were not having access to smartphones and luckily on their part master card foundation came to their aid and some of the students received a Huawei smartphone at an affordable price in other to facilitate the learning process through the online method.
The principal added that “The Master Card Foundation and the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-Tel), as well as the National Council for Tertiary Education for Tertiary Education (NCTE), has facilitated the establishment of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) on the entire campus to support its agenda and focus of the online and virtual learning mode”,
Dr. Atakorah stated that as part of the institution’s focus of advancing its Bachelor of Education programs in the various subjects offered at the Basic School level, his efforts have been able to install the important personal computers and gadgets at the ICT lab that would make tutors and the students feel comfortable in learning through the online mode.
He reiterated that though the pandemic had posed a lot of danger and challenges to the educational systems around the globe, it was however important to realize and recognize the opportunities of improving online educational learning and teaching which was much suitable to reduce the spread of the virus as teaching continuously.