I teach at a public university in Sub-Saharan Africa. Majority of students entering the university are academically underprepared. And the university has no arrangement to help beef up the preparedness of these ones to help them cope. The result is that often lecturers must go beyond the call of duty to assist the very poor cases. Such assistance cannot be achieved adequately within the assigned lecture hours. This then adds to the already heavy burden that is borne by staff. In the light of these realities, academic workload is a subject that deserves the attention of university administrators.
I work at the University of Lagos and honestly the level of preparedness of students for academic work can be worrisome. This goes down to the general opinion on the quality of secondary education they had which left a lot of gaps that increases the workload at the University level.
I found the attached document very interesting in the way University of Bolton UK addressed workload issues and it could be an eye opener or help shape perspective on the way out.
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