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The Institute of Distance Learning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (IDL-KNUST) has secured approval to run its academic calendar without any disruption, regardless of an industrial action by staff of the university.

This is to address students’ concern of the negative impact of strike on their educational and work plans.

“Effective the 2023/2024 academic year, the academic board of the university has approved that the Institute be allowed to run its approved calendar during staff industrial action.

“Students of the institute are of the working class, thus, are committed to their employers regulations.

“Some of them need to finish their program of study on time for promotion purpose especially for those who are on the verge of retirement.

“Therefore, any shift in the calendar negatively affect these plans,” Director of the Institute, Professor Mathew Glover Addo disclosed at the 57th congregation of KNUST.

The Institute provides access to tertiary education using innovative approaches through distance learning.

Professor Addo further hinted a biometric system for attendance has been installed to ensure facilitators who teach at IDL centres are verified to guarantee regular attendance.

Addressing the 2023 graduating class of the Institute, the IDL Director who was reading a speech on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson, encouraged the graduands to further their education to “sharpen your analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

“It takes those who continuously learn to be able to keep pace and remain relevant in the world of work. Let your respective places of employment feel the positive impact of your education.”

A motivational speaker, Musah Abdulai Rahman also implored the graduands to use the analytical and problem solving skills they have acquired to positively impact productivity at their workplace.

“It has not been an easy journey and I celebrate all of you for not quitting. The task ahead is huge so work smart to enhance productivity,” he implored.

The Institute presented a total of 2,865 graduands at the 57th congregation ceremony.

Out of which 153 obtained first class honours, 1,087 had second class honours (Upper division), and 1,253 graduated with second class honours (lower division). 372 graduated with pass.

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By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|