ERIC Number: ED364769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Survey on Distance Education in Ghana. A Report for the Deputy Secretary (Higher Education Division), Ministry of Education of the Republic of Ghana.
Aggor, R. A.; And Others
Interviews conducted with 65 government officials, nongovernmental officials, education, administrators, politicians, students, teachers, heads of institutions, and others in Ghana during a 6-month period led to recommendations for improving the adult and higher education system in that country. The survey found that demand for higher education in Ghana has increased in recent years as a result of population growth and the increase in the number of secondary school completers. Additionally, there is greater demand to provide more access for women to the educational system. High costs associated with the country's traditional residency-based higher education system have put higher education out of reach of many. However, a distance learning system is in place and could be expanded to help meet the growing demands for increased education. The distance education system has usually served more women than the traditional higher education system, so it can also serve a positive function in increasing the diversity of the student body throughout higher education in the country. The government should take steps to greatly increase the distance education system. A distance education unit should be established and an integrated systems plan should be developed in order to provide continuous access from secondary education and training to the tertiary system. Greater funding for distance education must also be provided. The distance education program could be improved by creating a system of regional centers for distribution of course materials and employment of local tutors to mark papers and interact with students. No distinction should be made between courses taken via distance education and those taken on campus. Personnel must be hired for instruction, administration, and production of materials; both professional and support staff are needed. Government and the universities must make distance education a priority to serve a population who would otherwise not have access to education. (Appendixes to the report include a list of survey participants, the survey questionnaires, and a selected bibliography listing 22 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education (Ghana).
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).