The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) country Inspector for Ghana, Captain Catherine Haizel, has admitted that her practical experience on ships made lecturing at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) very advantageous to the students.
Speaking on Y107.9FM’s Y-Leaderboard Series, she shared with the host, Rev. Erskine her reason for this assertion, saying that her experience and knowledge of the equipment made it easier teaching the students, and was also to their advantage because then they had an expert teaching them and not someone who also learnt only from books.
“My experience on the ship and with sailing gave me the upper hand in teaching them. It was advantageous to teach them with the equipment. If you have someone who has used these tools before then you can give them the chance to visualize to students rather than someone else who has not used such equipment and is more theoretical”, Captain Haizel said.
She went on to narrate how she landed the job as a lecturer at RMU,
“When I came ashore at first to raise the family, it was boring after sending the kids to school so I started a communication centre and a computer school. Whiles there, a friend who was there at RMU teaching said she was leaving the school but the principal had told her that she could only leave after getting someone to replace her. So she told me and I said why not?”
The veteran mariner was a senior lecturer at the Nautical Science department of the Regional Maritime University (RMU), however, she is now retired and is currently the ITF Inspector for Ghana.
The Regional Maritime University (RMU), formally known as the Regional Maritime Academy is an international tertiary institution that attained full University status on the 25th of October, 2007. It was launched as such by His Excellency, John Agyekum Kuffour, then President of the Republic of Ghana.
The overall objective for the establishment of RMA was to promote regional co-operation in the maritime industry focusing on the training to ensure the sustained growth and development of the industry.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye