‘Regulate Schools for communications’

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Government has been urged to establish a Council to regulate institutions offering communication programmes.

An International Communication and Information Consultant, Dr. Kwame Boafo, said most of the tertiary institutions offering communication and journalism had developed their own curriculum in teaching, which did not promote good journalism hence the need for a council to regulate their activities.

Dr. Boafo made this remarks yesterday, when he delivered a lecture on the topic, “State of communication education and training in Ghana: some perspectives” organised by the Wisconsin International University College in Accra.

He said the council should be responsible for providing relevant subjects needed in training communication students as well as monitoring the academic performance of the institutions to enable them produce quality products for the profession.

He mentioned that programmes offered by colleges and institutions training communications students, especially journalism, should function effectively in the changing Information Technology Communication(ICT) and the media landscape.

Dr. Boafo also indicated the communication landscape in African society was gradually undergoing a perceptible transformation with the spread of ICT which has generated and made social media and online platform such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube possible.

He added that digital broadcasting networks, radio stations and the increasing numbers of dailies and weekly newspapers indicated that communications had become one of the mainstream profession which should be regulated.

He noted that institutions offering Communication Studies as well as those training journalists required regular examination and critical analysis to enable them function effectively.

“Institutions offering communication in the country should create a platform and share information on the best practices of making different aspects of communication education and training effective,” he said.

Dr. Boafo said the council, when established, should also encourage the institutions to periodically assess the programmes they offer to ensure that they reflect and respond to the changing political, socio-economic, cultural needs and transformation in the country.

He noted that institutions offering communication also faced numerous challenges such as comprehensive curricular used in the education and training institutions, text books and logistics.

He recommended that courses such as communication and behavioral change, inter-ethics and cross-cultural communication, community media, communication and dialogue, conflict prevention, management and resolution should be factored into the curriculum of institutions offering communication.

 

By Bernard Benghan         

 

 

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