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UE/R: Distance education affecting quality of teachers – Former Lecturer Gbewaa CoE

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A former Lectuer at Gbewaa College of Education in the Upper East Region, Martin Abiriya, has expressed concerns about the impact of modular courses on the Ghanaian educational system.

Modular courses, which are also referred to as Distance Education, have raised apprehension for the veteran educator due to their detrimental effect on the quality of trained teachers in the country.

Mr. Abiriya argued that while modular courses may offer convenience and flexibility, they often fall short of providing the comprehensive and in-depth training that teachers require to excel in the classroom.

“If you look at the modular courses, they lack the necessary hands-on teaching practice that is vital for teacher development. Regular training programs typically include extended student teaching opportunities, enabling future educators to apply their knowledge in real classroom settings under the guidance of experienced mentors. Such experiences are invaluable for honing teaching skills and building confidence.”

The veteran educator, who spoke to Moses Apiah regarding the recent shortfall in the standards of trained teachers at various schools, added that regular training has proven to be more effective in producing highly skilled educators than modular courses.

With strong calls for the re-evaluation and restructuring of Distance Education in the country, he stressed further that the condensed nature of modular programs limits the depth of knowledge and practical experience that teachers can acquire.

“While these courses offer flexibility for individuals who may have other commitments, the potential impact on the overall quality of education cannot be ignored. In contrast, regular training programs provide a more extensive and immersive educational experience, allowing teachers to delve deeper into subjects and teaching methodologies.”

Source: A1radioonline.Com|101.1|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga

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