Digitization and Nigerian Education Reform

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Digitisation and Nigerian Education Reform

 MISHAEL MAMMAN ( Maiduguri)

 The world is becoming a global village, inter-connectivity between nations is no longer a mirage. Imperialism is what the developing nations are claiming; all these are made possible through digitization. The western culture, the way of life and even academic system in Nigeria are drastically wiping away the indigenous system.

Development in technology is gradually creeping into the academic system in Nigeria. It is an old system in the western world, but in Nigeria, we are still battling with such a system, as many are seeing it as development, many viewed it as menace creeping the academic standard of the country especially, the E-Examination.

In academic, plagiarism is a serious offense, many lost their certificates and credibility because of it. With digitization, the rate of such an act is becoming rampant. Students are becoming lazy to visit libraries, hard copy of book are no longer patronized. With just some click on multimedia phones or computers, one may access thousands of information. But the tragedy is that the information doesn’t have reliable sources, but still students make use of it.

Development in technology is gradually creeping into the academic system in Nigeria. It is an old system in the western world, but in Nigeria, we are still battling with such a system, as many are seeing it as development, many viewed it as menace creeping the academic standard of the country especially, the E-Examination.

The acceptance of digital learning system and the test for knowledge by some Nigerian universities is still trying to get ground. Ranging from the lecturers complaining they are finding it difficult to set E-test questions, to the students who exclaimed not finding it easy with the E-test, but still, the system is never been aborted.

Questioning some students in University of Maiduguri which is the institution in the fore front in the North east that accepted the E-testing the students lamented that the e-testing is doing more harm than good to them, noting that many unqualified students will be graduated. Some Mass Communication Student exclaimed that their career is in writing  but with the E-testing system, they are been deprived of such a right.

On the other hand, the benefit of digitization can be overlooked. It has positively improved the education system in the country. Digitization makes it possible for nearly all hand copy text books, journals and other literary works to be converted into soft copy and stored on the World Wide Web for easy access to all.

With just some click one may have the access not only to books written by national author but even international authors. Therefore, it breach the gap of proximity to access of international books. Books with high cost may be affordable at cheap rate for the soft copy.

Digitization interconnect student from different schools even internationally in discussion of academic related matters which widens the research of many students. E-libraries are available in many varieties.

For this digital revolution have it stand in Nigerian varsities necessary equipment and computers system must be provided. And also maintenance and management cultures should be improved. But the question is, is Nigeria ready for such a movement?

MISHAEL MAMMAN

A-300 is a 300 level student of Mass Communication at the University of Maiduguri

 

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