The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Grid Company, Mr. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, has intimated that, as part of ways to enhance teaching and learning in various ways, universities across the country must invest in technology and various digital platforms.
Speaking during the 20th Congregation of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration’s (GIMPA) undergraduate students in Accra, under the theme: “The Changing Face of Tertiary Education Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”, he admonished the institutions to leverage on the importance of a balance educational platform with the best of digital space to aid effective and efficient learning.
Mr. Amoako-Baah further noted that, the whole value chain of education is undergoing changes due to COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that the situation currently being faced must push those in the educational sector to rethink and strategize to meet the needs of society.
Mr Amoako-Baah stated that, the pandemic had presented to school authorities to appreciate that schooling was an activity and not a place, stressing that, there was not the need for students to be physically present in school but can learn from their various homes.
Mr Amoako-Baah said the outbreak of COVID-19 must encourage heads of educational institutions in the country to take advantage of technology and maximized its opportunities for effective school activities.
He urged the graduating class also, to prepare ahead of school and be committed to be up-to-date with the power of technology and be useful in the competitive and emerging market.
“Take every opportunity that comes your way with eagerness and make good use of the knowledge you acquired to impact positively to societal development.”
The Rector of GIMPA, Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, also addressing the gathering, advised the class not to rest on their oars but pursue higher education, adding that, their degree is not the end of learning and that, learning is a lifelong exercise.
He said the knowledge they had received was a foundation to equip themselves to achieve higher heights and urged them to support the Institute in rendering services to humanity and the nation.
The Rector said the Institute would soon run a Master of Laws programme. He announced that the Institute would celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2021.
The various students, graduated from School of Technology, School of Public Service and Governance, School of Business School and Faculty of Law.
Most universities across the world have seen the adverse impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the academic semester and encouragingly many have moved to and are adapting to the use of technology to conduct academic activities.
In Ghana for instance, after the lockdown was implemented many of the universities were closed down and as a results student had to move to their various homes causing a halt in the academic semester.
Academic activities later commenced through the use of online learning applications like Zoom, Google Classroom, YouTube and Skype. Although many faced challenges, it has grown to become a go to source when classroom activities are being conducted due to the current pandemic.
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