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Thursday, January 22, 2009

DALC(Digital Advisory and Learning Centre) STAFF TRAINING MANUAL

WELCOME THE GUEST

Most welcome, and indeed DALC is a Cambridge and Oxford teaching centres in East and Central Africa with exclusive rights.
We therefore offer East and central Africa residents with this rare opportunity to do Cambridge and Oxford courses locally without travelling overseas hence hugely reducing the costs and inconveniences of such overseas education.
Now, I would like to walk you through the Cambridge and oxford course structures and how you can access them.(show the course structure and how someone finally gets a degree or masters degree.

EXPLAINING MORE ABOUT DALC

a) At the onset we had to decide to go the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) way or the Ministry of Education way.
b) CHE was expensive and complicated (50 ha of land, fully developed physical infrastructure like buildings, hostels etc), Cambridge or Oxford as investors did not approve.
c) Direct degrees can only be offered through CHE but Cambridge/Oxford could not approve such huge investment at this time.
d) As diplomas they are offered through the Ministry of Education, and we found a chance in this.
e) We chose the Ministry of Education route since it is easy to implement and affordable but course levels are named as Diplomas, yet they are exactly the same content as it at Cambridge 1st, 2nd , 3rd years or Masters degree content minus final thesis.
f) Students are assured of 80 – 90% Cambridge or Oxford Qualification without travelling overseas and we think this good for locals)
*********You apply directly to Cambridge or Oxford but if invited go for interview at your cost( Travel=76,400, accommodation pounds 153 per night x 3nights, non-refundable application fee =1,000 pounds; TOTAL approximately Ksh. 240,000. There is no guarantee that you will be taken hence you risk the nearly Ksh. 250,000 which is enough for doing the 80-90% locally and hence trying safely at home.

The courses are modular meaning that:
Related subject units like Accounting I, Finance II are grouped together so that they can be studied in 1 month.

This differs largely when compared with or local and traditional system of subject units being spread and done over many semesters and making people to register only at beginning of semesters, which could after 6 months or after one year for public universities

Suppose you were looking for a loan which comes forth 2 months after the intake, you will have to wait for the 6 or 12 months. Obviously, you will have used the money OR if admitted you will have to copy notes for the previous 2 months and do catch up.

EXPLAINING THE COURSES

For the DALC-Cambridge/Oxford modular system, the modules are independent and therefore:
-there are intakes at the beginning of every month
- there is no need to cover the work others had done since there is a rota i.e. what you did no do will come again later. The only difference is that you will complete later than the ones who started earlier and this is fair for all.
January 2007 (HRM), February (Financial Management), March (Marketing)….. January 2008 (HRM), Feb 2008 (Financial Management) ….

EXPLAINING ON THE ADMISSION PROCESS

Admissions are based on Gift and Talent Testing by our career experts to determine your right potentials before admission. Mere grades might be confusing.

Whereas we prefer those with grades Cs or Bs or even As , we will not dismiss someone with an average grade of D+ . We will check for more facts about the candidate.
For example, someone might have D+ average but has Maths C-, English C, Commerce B+, and Accounts B- but was sick two months before examinations. Is this guy really a fool?

This is a perfect BBA candidate because he has talents in Accounts and Business studies, which he passed well without even much reading but failed the others because he did not have the talents in them.
Once admitted by DALC you are also admitted directly by Cambridge or Oxford. As a matter of fact, your admission letter and student ID will come directly form Cambridge or Oxford.(show sample admission letter, ID, transcripts, and final certificates).

ABOUT CREDITS FOR EXPERIENCE

Work experience and other qualifications are highly considered and earn direct exemptions making you ski[p course level hence making you achieve your degree much faster.

So if you have ABE, ACCA, KNEC, KIM, IMIS, etc you will have automatic exemptions.
Suppose you left school and got a job then rose over 15 years to become the assistant manager. You must have attended many short courses, seminars, and written many proposals. There is a lot of learning and knowledge in all this and you will get exemptions on this basis and start at higher levels.

ABOUT EXAMINATIONS

Examinations are VERY PRACTICAL and the Classroom must connect with the working industry.

In our local system:
- Courses are arranged as units in a semester with written semester.
- People take leave 2-4 weeks before exams and put water in basin to cram whole night
- They then recall tutors notes exactly the way they wrote onto foolscaps and in the end get grade A or B.
- They forget everything after 1-2 months but job interview comes 6-12 months later. They fail interviews miserably because they have forgotten and the theory does not connect with the industry.

PRACTICAL EDUCATION

In Cambridge/Oxford programmes that we offer the examinations are not at end of semester. You will be provided with all notes, assignments in advance in readiness so that you take very short time.
One week after admission, we identify an organization e.g. KCB bank. Assuming you are doing HRM that month, we recommend you to liaise with HRM department of KCB. Check how they conduct their HRM routines and compare with expected standards as per your syllabus. Find weakness or problem. Define solutions for the weakness or problem based on HRM models learnt in class. Document all your finds as a project at end of the month. Demonstrate to KCB HRM staff how the solution would work. It is this project that is sent to Cambridge/Oxford form marking hence no exams on foolscaps.
You will have connected the classroom with the industry and for the fact that courses have put on expertise mode , you will selling as a hot cake with your practical skills rather than someone who is just cramming notes.


CLOSING THE DEAL

Now, as I told you before, my job is to give you an overview but the final decision about which course, will be made by our career experts.

However, based on my experience, I see you being approved for ……………….. course.

Now, let me know your academic qualifications and work experience if any so that I can email the Head Office for evaluation.

We will have the results in just 12-24 hours and they might call you for more information.

Come tomorrow at …………. Time so that you can get the outcome.

I will now give all the prospectus and fees structure for your further information.

I am also enclosing for you the Career Survey Form for further information. But the information that I have recorded is part of the data required for this evaluation. The ones I have captured are enough for this evaluation.

Please bring back to me this form tomorrow and if you have problems in completing some areas just leave them blank. I will help you tomorrow.

LET ME NOW SHOW YOU AROUND (show classes, computer labs, library resources,

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING TO US. IT WAS NICE TALKING TO YOU.

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