Like the Akan man will say “if nothing goes to touch the palm nut tree, it wouldn’t rattle”. Had it not been the novel corana virus, there would have been nothing like E-learning perhaps the last suggestion!
Before the pandemic, the nature of teaching and learning in our universities was this; there’s a lecture theatre, there are students and there’s a lecturer. When students have a class, they troop in the lecture theatre, lecturer arrives, he teaches, they listen and if something baffles their understanding, they register their concerns and their grievances addressed by the lecturer.
And the lively interaction continues on. In this case, the poor and the rich students are all, treated fairly. There is no cheat!
Now, the popular music everwhere is E-learning. At least, it has passed even the ears of the child who might not even understand the nitty gritty of it.
University of Cape coast management says it’s not a teaching and learning platform but a medium for lecturers to upload their teaching materials there so students can access them and read whiles in the house. How does this not constitute teaching and learning? A form of inequality that has even got promotion from a whole university. I weep!
Now, these teaching materials are likely to come in the form of slides, PDFs, Audios, videos and to some extend zoom meetings (we are dealing with UCC lecturers) which may require technogical devices, internet connection and data (internet bundle) all at a cost for these vulnerable students. The vulnerable not all but most.
Whether teaching and learning platform or not measures have to be erected before it comes to stay because it all affects academic work.
Look at this scenario, Ama and Akosua are reading the same programme, Ama is able to access all the teaching materials from the lecturer. On the flip side, Akosua is unable to access them because the wherewithal does not exist for her. All fingers are not the same!
In this case, Ama is learning ahead of Akosua meanwhile they all paid the same school fees. There’s no fairness. There’s no sympathy for the poor perhaps we want to say there cannot be mercy for an innocent cripples. For how long must the poor keep paying the high price?
In other news, UG has secured 5GB data for each of her students just to bridge the gap between the two types of students. The last time I checked, comparing programme to programme they were not paying more fees than us. Can you tell us our crime? The shame is out of control this time.
The funny part of it is that we pride ourselves as university of competitive choice. I weep! The University must provide the means to its dear students else they should consider boycotting this platform that promotes inequality, biasness and favouritism.
For one way or the other, we have all spoken against Inequality before and that voices shouldn’t ignore this case!!
The poor deserves better!!!
Foster Nana Fosu Opoku
Bsc (Mathematics with Economics)