Using Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Schools in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects.

Educational Technology & Society (Impact Factor: 1.01). 01/2005; 8(1):104-112.
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Though it has been rightly said that what is wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology; there is no doubt that modern life is dominated by technology. There is universal recognition of the need to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education as we enter the era of globalization where the free flow of information via satellite and the internet hold sway in global information dissemination of knowledge. Already, Nigeria is on he wrong side of the international digital divide, as it has not made significant effort to integrate ICT into secondary school curriculum. A great deal of instructional and administrative work in secondary school in Nigeria is still carried out manually. This paper, therefore, examines the major obstacles militating against the use of ICT in secondary education in Nigeria. It identifies he high cost of computer hardware and software; weak infrastructure; lack of human skills and knowledge in ICT, and lack of relevant software appropriate and culturally suitable to Nigeria as the major stumbling block o the adoption of ICT in secondary education in Nigeria. Also, secondary schools in Nigeria are not given adequate funds to provide furniture, relevant textbooks and adequate classroom let alone being given adequate fund for high-tech equipment. At present the cost of subscribing to the Internet is too high for many of the impoverished secondary schools in Nigeria. In modern society, Nigeria needs ICT to aid teaching and learning and educational management. ICT is an instrument for the economic and technological development in the 21st century; therefore, Nigeria cannot afford to be on the wrong side of the digital divide.

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    • "There is universal recognition of the need to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education as we enter the era of globalization where the free flow of information hold dominance in global information dissemination of knowledge. [2] Nothing epitomizes nowadays better than computers because they have infiltrated every aspect of our society. "
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    • "In the African context, experiences with integrating ICT in action-oriented and cross-cultural communication projects have been developed later than in high-income countries. A review on cross-cultural communication documented the integration of ICT in educational and learning processes in Africa (Ocholla, 2003), and others have demonstrated the presence of a 'digital divide' including barriers in low-income countries' weak infrastructure, lack of skills, lack of relevant software and limited access to the Internet (UNDP 2001; UN 2003; Aduwa-Ogiegbaen & Iyamu, 2005). Recently another cross-cultural communication project has integrated mobile technologies as awareness and communication tools (Botha et al, 2009). "
    The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology 01/2014; 10(1):107-120.
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    • "Yet, Computer Education unlike Introductory Technology is stipulated as an elective rather than a core subject in secondary schools. Researchers [7] later discovered that computers are still lacking in ninety percent of all public schools and that most operations are still done manually. ]. "
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    ABSTRACT: A report on the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Lagos public and private secondary schools is presented. The comparative study investigated the level of availability of ICT facilities in schools, the capacity for using ICT facilities for teaching and learning, the perceived benefits and the problems associated with their adoption. Descriptive survey design was utilized and the sample consisted of 1013 students, 225 teachers and 88 management staff randomly selected from 55 schools in Lagos state. Data collected from the researcher-designed questionnaire were analyzed using percentages. The study revealed that ICT facilities are relatively lacking in public schools. It also reveals the perceived benefits of using ICT in schools to include making teaching-learning interesting, enhancing the speed and quality of work by the management, the teachers and the students. However, the core challenges facing ICT integration in secondary schools are: paucity of funds for purchase and maintenance of equipment, inadequate manpower skills and irregular power supply. It is therefore recommended that proprietors especially government, should increase their funding level and enforce extant policies on the education sector. There should also be periodic retraining of teachers on ICT skills acquisition.
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