The College of Distance Education (CoDE) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has completed its e-learning platform aimed at integrating Information Communication Technology (ICT) in distance learning among students and lecturers.
Currently, the University is working on the poor ICT infrastructure in the regional centres in order to ensure that students get the best from the e-learning platform.
Addressing the 47th congregation of UCC, the Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof D.D. Kuupole explained that the difficulty of poor ICT infrastructure in the regional centres has been addressed and said that some centres would soon be linked adequately.
A total of 10, 080 granduands from the College of Education Studies and the College of Distance Education graduated at the ceremony which was held in six sessions spanning a three day period.
Out of the number, 2,372 were from the College of Education Studies while 7708 pursued their studies at the College of Distance Education.
They comprised graduates who pursued their programmes of study through the sandwich programme of the College of Education Studies held in some selected Colleges of Education and those who pursued their education through the distance mode of education.
Prof Kuupole further said that students with tablet should be able to access some learning material by internet connectivity or wireless.
He explained that with the full activation of the e-learning platform, students on the distance mode were expected to have easy access to academic records and detailed results, registration and payment of fees.
He stated the university’s commitment in promoting access to quality tertiary education and also ensure the impact of students in the nation’s transformation process.
He announced that 12 new centres were opened across the country in the expansion process of distance education by the university.
He indicated that more infrastructures were being built in some selected sites to promote distance education in the country.
On alleged sale of UCC certificates, Prof Kuupole explained that the certificates that were allegedly being sold on the market were not that of the University.
“Since products of the University of Cape Coast are in high demand all over the world, people collude with others and try to fake our certificates” he indicated.
He further said “We wish to assure everybody that the University of Cape Coast will continue to ensure the sanctity of her certificates and will implore all employers both locally and abroad, to do due diligence to seek the authenticity of certificates presented to them for employment by prospective applicants”.
In an address, Executive Secretary for the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Prof. Mahama Duwiejua, commended UCC for its commitment towards the provision of quality tertiary education.
He noted that the major challenge confronting tertiary education was funding and called for the adoption of a concerted effort among stakeholders in addressing the problem.
He admonished tertiary institutions to reposition their institutions to take advantage of the opportunity to reach out to the world by branding their programmes to meet the needs of prospective students.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of UCC, Nana Sam Brew Butler in an address, commended the University for its Commitment in making higher education accessible to those who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to do so.
He urged the graduating class to exhibit the highest form of integrity, hard work and determination in the discharge of their duties.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast