The Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, Prof. Felix Asante, has given indication of some adjustments in the way some short course modules are taught.
This, he noted, will place participants where they actually fit in the scheme.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-week Data Management and Analysis Course held at the Institute, from 13thto 24thJune, 2016, the Director of ISSER said the move had become necessary in view of concerns raised by facilitators and some participants.
Prof. Asante disclosed that henceforth all ISSER short courses will be held at the Institute and participants will be permitted to bring their own laptops.
On the request by participants to be given the software for the course, the Director gave the assurance to work hard to address the issue.
These comments were particularly in response to some concerns raised by the Class Representative, Mr. Peter Danquah Kpakpo-Asem who also expressed their excitement about the course and appreciated the facilitators and usefulness of the course.
On her part, the Acting Course Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe observed that the batch was the largest so far and requested would-be participants to register early enough to avoid the associated logistical challenges of late registration.
She urged participants to be ambassadors for ISSER and spread the good news about the short courses run by the Institute.
A major highlight of the closing ceremony was the presentation of certificates to participants which was performed by Prof Asante, Dr. Charles Ackah Head, Economics Division, Dr. Ama Fenny and Prof. Robert Osei-Akoto (both of the Economics Division).
Prof Asante unveiled ISSER- branded USB cards for all participants – an innovation which was much applauded. Each participant went away with a certificate and a branded USB card.
Below are comments by some participants about the course:
Mr. Jeff Osafo from JAYDIS Ventures: I was impressed. The practical aspect was engaging. It should always be engaging, not like lecturing.
Mr. Addoquaye Addo from NHIA: Yes, it was informative and well-packed. It has motivated some of us to look for statistical software and learn more. I will go further with what I have learned.
Mrs. Rosaline Lamptey from the EC: It was good, but fast at some point. They should take time to go through exercises with us. I wish I could come back. I suggest they review the fees downwards and consider people coming in groups.
Mr. Ephraim Elikem from Wa Polytechnic: It was generally good but some topics were not detailed enough.
In all 42 participants attended the course.