Universities can have online exams if they have capacity – Education Minister

Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Education Minister says universities in the country can opt for an online examination if it will be accessible to all students.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh says the government will not dictate the nature of exams for the universities provided no student is discriminated against.

The Minister’s comment comes hours after he was reported to have said no university would be organising an online examination.

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Two public public universities – University of Professional Studies, Accra and University of Ghana – are working towards online examinations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic leading to the closure of all schools.

During an interview with an Accra-based TV station, the Education Minister reportedly said: “there is no public school conducting any exams online.”

But this comment was made because he was not privy to plans by the two public universities to conduct online examinations, Dr Opoku Prempeh said.

“There are more than 60 of the tertiary institutions and I cannot report unless I go back and find that out if a school is taking exams. If it’s a university that conducts its exams and has the means to get all of its students online to be able do it then who am I to say do not do it because they are going on with virtual teaching,” he noted.

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