IDeL Empowers Tutors on New Basic School Curriculum

The Institute of Distance and e-Learning (IDeL) of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) has held a three-week workshop at Abuakwa in the Atwima Nwabiagya Metropolis, Ashanti Region for some Tutors of the Institute on the newly introduced Basic School Curriculum.

About 500 Basic and Early Childhood Education Tutors drawn across the country attended the workshop which, among others, sought to enlighten participants on the pertinent details of the new curriculum for enhanced  delivery during teaching and learning at the Early Grade and Upper Primary levels.

Addressing participants during the first session of the event, the Director of IDeL, Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah explained that the new educational curriculum required specific skills and outcomes necessary for its goals and the development of the country.  Therefore, he urged teachers to hone critical-thinking and innovative teaching skills which were crucial in their work as Tutors.

Director of IDeL, Prof. Francis Owusu Mensah addressing participants

He encouraged participants to take the opportunity to garner enough information to improve their individual delivery in the classroom as the workshop had been tailored to equip them with the needed knowledge and sharpen their skills.

Speaking on the way-forward for the IDeL Programme, Prof. Owusu-Mensah stressed that management of UEW has resolved to wage a fierce war against examination malpractices this year and beyond.

  “Those found culpable would suffer very serious consequences including cancellation of examinations and dismissal of guilty students as well as expulsion of tutors who might be caught involved in the malpractice,” he said.

 He said the future of Distance Education in the country was very promising as beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School policy would be seeking admission into tertiary institutions.

Some participants making contributions during an interactive session

Prof. Owusu Mensah also assured participants of management’s resolve to ensure zero delay in the supply of modules and all other relevant materials to study centers.

Specific topics treated at the workshop included, Overview of Distance Learning; Tutoring based on the New B.Ed Curriculum: Cross cutting issues including Equity and Inclusion; Characteristics and Profile of Distance Learners; Challenges Distance Students Face; Active Learning/Supervision/Assessment of Project Work among others.