Secondary school leavers lack ICT knowledge – Expert

Ifedayo Ogunyemi, Abeokuta

An Information Communication and Technology (ICT) expert, Ishola Adebayo has said that secondary schools leavers in Nigeria have no practical or technical knowledge of ICT.

Ishola who is the Creative Director of Online Hub Educational Services, blamed this on the poor foundation of teachers in computer science, lack of adequate infrastructure and lack of instructional aids to assist the students.

Speaking at Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta at a training of over 500 Ogun State computer science teachers, Ishola said the high demand for computer literate students cannot be met with sub-standard computer science graduates churned out all over the country.

He noted that the training has created online training modules for teachers in line with the curriculum of the National Educational Research and Curriculum Development and the Universal Basic Education Board.

Ishola noted that the online modules which cover language and steps, networking topology, database management, computer software, hardware and communication systems will help develop and correct the poor foundation of teachers in computer science. This, he added will have a rub-on effect on the students.

“With the high demand for computer literacy, the teaching and learning of these skills is a concern among professionals. The poor foundation of teachers in computer science and lack of instructional aids contribute to the problems of teaching computer science effectively to students.

“Those who took part in the training are secondary school teachers with experience teaching computer science and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines in Ogun State.

“This exercise which will reach an estimated 4,000 computer science teachers in the six southwest states will allow us to effect important improvements to computer science delivery for secondary education,” Ishola said.

Also speaking at the event, Chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Olabosipo Ogunsan added that the training will introduce modern curriculum to all computer science/STEM teachers in Ogun State.

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