Ambassador Christopher Liundi, made the call over the weekend when speaking during the inauguration of the new academic year 2017/18 of the Open University of Tanzania held on Saturday at Kinondoni regional centre in Dar es Salaam.
Ambassador Liundi was a chief guest at the function.He said self discipline and commitment are needed in order to achieve the best results as far as the studies are concerned.
“To ensure success, it requires a student to be self-disciplined in terms of time management, commitment to his/her studies as well as determination to succeed in the shortest possible duration allowable, said ambassador Liundi.
He however, commended Open University of Tanzania Students' Organisation (OUTSO) for good leadership which has helped OUT to become the best in solving issues related to students thus creating peace and harmony.
“It is our hope that the students organisation (OUTSO) and the university management are working together to resolve any signs and actual grievances that could bring chaos between students and the university and among the students,” said Ambassador Lihundi.
The Vice Chancellar-OUT, Prof Elifas Bisanda urged students to be self disciplined in their studies and time management if they are to complete in the shortest possible time because the university operates an open system where learners are not constrained to write examinations in a particular period as in conventional universities.
“During the past two years, nearly forty per cent of all candidates have been able to graduate within three years despite their other commitments in the public because they wish to learn while earning, Prof Bisanda.
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr Emmanuel Mhache said communication is an important tool that facilitates effective learning and teaching in Open and Distance Learning system.
Students should communicate to course instructors through official student email accounts that will be given to students by directors of respective regional centers said Dr Mhache.
For his part, Dean of students DrRwejuna Regnard said his office has noted bad behaviour among few students who pretend to collect some money for the purpose of recreation and leisure without permission of the authorities.
The practice has been noted at Kinondoni regional centre and in principal it is against the university regulations and whoever is going against this directive will face disciplinary action,” says part of his speech.
The Open University of Tanzania is a public university that was established in 1992, to offer its programmes by open and distance learning. The university has established centres in all regions of Tanzania in its efforts to implement its mission.