In Pursuit of Quality: UNISWA Lecturer’s Perception on the Academic Performance of Conventional and Distance Education Students

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2010-11
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Sukati, C W S
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UNISWA students doing the B.A. degree in Humanities, which is offered in both the conventional and the distance education mode, proceed to become high school teachers in the country. As the quality of education that these prospective teachers receive will have a bearing on the quality of education that the high school students will receive, questions regarding the quality of education given using the DE mode have become common. This study was conducted to investigate the views of the lecturers in the Faculty of Humanities as regards their perceptions on the academic performance of the DE students vis-a-vis the ones in the conventional system. // Questionnaires were designed and sent to all the lecturers in all Departments in the Faculty of Humanities to solicit their views on this. Over 90% of the staff responded to the survey and the results were analyzed using frequency tables. The major finding of the study was that the IDE students’ performance in assignments, tests and the final examination was perceived to be below that of the conventional students by 59%, 64% and 68% of the respondents, respectively. The study recommends that further research needs to be conducted to determine if the perceptions of the lecturers are indicative of the situation on the ground. Such a study would compare the scores of the two groups of students on their assignments, tests and examinations to determine if indeed the scores of the students in the conventional system are significantly better than those of the students in the DE system.

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Formal Education,Quality Assurance,Distance Education,Academic Performance
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Swaziland
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Africa
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