The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has introduced six new programmes to be run by distance mode next academic year. These programmes will have one year compulsory internship component. They are B.Ed. Early Childhood Education, BBA Accounting Studies and Human Resource Management, Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Accounting Studies and Management Studies.

The Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw made the pronouncement when the University matriculated Distance Education students from the Southern and Northern sector on January 22 and 24, 2014 at Winneba and Kumasi respectively.

Giving the statistics of students who had been officially listed, the Vice-Chancellor said 715 registered for Diploma in Basic Education, 242 for Diploma in Education and 5,335 for Post Diploma in Basic Education. Registration for B.Sc and Post-Diploma Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) were as follows; 19 for Auto Education, 128 for Catering, 162 for Construction Education, 23 Electrical Education and 76 for Fashion. 30 for Mechanical Education, 29 for Wood Technology Education, 93 for Post-Diploma Catering, 57 Post Diploma Electrical Education, 47 for Post-Diploma Fashion Education, 41 for Post-Diploma Mechanical Education, 101 for Post-Diploma Construction Education, 14 for Post-Diploma Wood Technology Education. For Graduate programmes, registrations were as follows, 30 for M.Ed. English, 31 for M.Ed. Mathematics, 17 for M.Ed. Science, 123 for the M.Ed. Mentorship.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University would continue to train a new crop of teachers and educational administrators equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to address challenges in order to bring about transformation in the educational sector.

He said the university would continue to explore strategies to encourage prospective students, especially females to enroll in all their programmes in order to correct the imbalances in the education provision in the country.

Prof. Asabere Ameyaw outlined the support services put in place by the university to enable students study productively at a distance. He mentioned the face to face tutorial sessions, course modules converted into e-books to be hosted by a MOODLE server, as well as tablet devices to access the MOODLE server through SIM cards.  With the SIM cards, students would be able to connect to UEW electronic devices especially the on line catalogue, WINNOPAC and be able to talk free of charge amongst themselves, he added.

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said five permanent study centres were being constructed at Techiman, Sogakofe, Ejisu, Kukurantumi and Cape Coast to help decongest the overpopulated study centres and also accommodate Study Centre coordinators and administrators. These centres would make provision for crèches and day care centres to cater for children of nursing mothers who attend tutorials at the centres.

The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to adopt positive attitudes towards their studies, stay focused on the programme and study diligently to complete the programme successfully. He also appealed to the students to live above reproach, uphold their teaching code of ethics and serve as role models to lift the image of the teaching profession and the University of Education, Winneba.