Following the issuance of guidelines for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to roll out distance and electronic learning, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has tasked institutions (universities) to seek for students’ approval first, before proceeding with the Programme.
This comes as a mitigation measure to ensure that no student is left behind in the process through ascertaining the ability of all students to participate.
NCHE also directs universities to give evidence of the mechanism of access and usage by both students and staff during the online learning process.
Under this, the academic institution(s) should clarify how they will engage students who have no access to electronic gadgets, data and network coverage wherever they are.
The NCHE spokesperson, Saul Waigolo, confirmed the e-learning developments adding that NCHE requires the institutions to apply for authorization before rolling out the online learning.
Universities, Vocational and Technical colleges will be required to deploy security and anti-examination malpractice protocols to administer online examinations, if they opt for the online learning mechanism.
In the absence of the above, NCHE has suggested that final examinations should be done on campus, when institutions re-open.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health wrote to the Education Ministry advising on the different Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed if schools are to be re-opened, which could be a sign that the e-learning proposal is slowly but surely hitting the snug.