The Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has tasked all lecturers to compulsory organized at least one form of a quiz on the University’s Moodle platform despite government’s directive not to use the online platform for exams or quizzes.
The expected quiz is set to come off effective Wednesday, April 29, 2020, through Thursday, May 7, 2020, except Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
The management explained that this will ensure all lecturers to meet the minimum number of continuous assessment required on the assessment component of teaching and learning within the second semester.
It added that it will provide an opportunity for every Lecturer to formally experience how to conduct quizzes on the Moodle platform in order to facilitate an easy replication of the skills and experience during the mid-semester and end-of-semester examinations; and to allow the IT Services Directorate to use the opportunity to resolve all outstanding issues relating to teaching and learning on the Moodle platform, especially before the conduct of the mid-semester and end-of-semester examinations.
The University urges academic staff and students to ensure compliance, it said the UEW-LMS Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (ULMEC), through the same Moodle system, will keep track of the participation of Lecturers in the mandatory quiz activities during the period.
According to the Management, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, it has been set aside for a major pilot study on conducting examination on the Moodle LMS. it added that on that day, only some purposely selected courses will be granted access to the platform.
Management, therefore, encourage Lecturers to conduct the mandatory quiz outside of the said day.
The University also commended lecturers for upscaling their teaching and learning activities on the Moodle LMS in the last few weeks.
There is no public school that is conducting any exams online – Minister of Education
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has kicked against the online examination which is being introduced by the management of some public universities in the country.
The Coronavirus pandemic which has brought the world to its knees saw to the closure of all schools and some public places(stadiums, night clubs) by the president as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus.
After using the internet as a substitute to teach students for the past one month, some public Universities namely; Ghana Institute of Journalism and University of Professional Studies issued a guideline informing their students of the online examinations scheduled for May 26 and May 18 respectively.
However, it seems that the move that was so unpopular of social media didn’t have the approval of the sector minister who has spoken against it in an interview with GH One TV.
“There is no public school that is conducting any exams online,” said the Minister when responding to the reaction of students on the proposed online examination.