Prof. Mrs. Goski Alabi, Consulting President of Laweh Open University College, has proposed that lecturers without industry experience of their area of specialisation should undertake internships.

Prof. Mrs. Alabi says such a practice is one of the measures to bridge the academia-industry divide in  Ghana.

She observes that lecturers with practical industry experience are able to make the courses they handle very fertile to the understanding of learners, and the latter are able to identify whatever is taught with the real world.

“ Someone joins academia after going through bachelors, masters and doctorate without any practical industry experience. The lack of practical knowledge is clearly manifested in his/her instructional delivery. But if you have someone with considerable years of practice in industry joining, the delivery of such a person is laced with practical examples and that makes learning easier, ” she explains.

Prof. Mrs. Alabi made these submissions during an engagement with Dr. Lucy Heady, CEO of Education Sub Saharan Africa(ESSA), who had paid a working visit to Laweh Open University.

Prof. Mrs Goski Alabi(left) and Dr. Lucy Heady(right)

According to the Consulting President, Open University education is the surest way to bridge gap between academia and industry as its design offers convenience and flexibility that allow career persons to maintain their jobs and school as well.

She therefore called on government to demonstrate its commitment to Open, Distance and electronic Learning (ODeL) through concrete policies.

On her part, Dr. Lucy Heady said, in line with the mission of ESSA, she was in Ghana to see how best ESSA could help widen access for youth of Ghana to high quality education and how to collaborate with institutions like Laweh to prosecute that agenda, especially during post COVID.

Dr. Heady disclosed that one of the areas they are looking at is how increase the number of  women and the marginalised in society to access quality education in colleges and universities

She said a study on higher education staff and academics in Ghana conducted in collaboration with the African Association of Universities and the Ghana Tertiary Education  Commission, revealed  that ”only 8 per cent of professors at public  universities were women across the whole of the country.”

“ This, coupled with the country’s need of 5 times the current number of professors to meet its booming student population, shows the need for more female leaders is urgent,” said ESSA.

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