Don laments low level of ICT awareness in schools

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

A lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Dr. Mujidat Aremu, has called on government to ensure that Information and Communication Technology is given adequate attention in secondary schools.

Aremu said this in an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of an inter schools quiz competition organised by The Wings Schools, Iwo in Osun State on Thursday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school, which was established by a former National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Lai Olurode.

The don said the teaching of ICT should be given a priority now because nobody could be considered to be educated if they were not computer literate, saying public examinations were shifting to computer based now.

According to her, most governments usually blamed lack of resources for not paying enough attention to the teaching of ICT in public school, although private schools with little resources still fared better in ICT than the government owned schools.

She said, “I think ICT awareness is not enough, especially in public schools. Pupils  are supposed to be well exposed  to ICT because  of its importance. Many Pupils do not know that there are opportunities in the ICT, but I believe if they are well exposed to it and they are taught very well, they will develop interest in it and it would be of advantage to our country.

“If there  is enough awareness on the part of the proprietors of the schools on  ICT the students will be better equipped for the future and will be able to know that there are opportunities  in this areas, too.”

Aremu said Nigeria’s economy could be resuscitated and made one of the best, if government could encourage the teaching and learning of basic knowledge in ICT in primary schools all over the country.

Olurode said some adults were intolerant to other people’s views because they were raised by dictatorial parents and teachers in their early lives.

The professor of sociology said parents should allow their children to make some choices without forcing everything on them while also urging teachers to be democratic in their disputation to allow the initiatives of their pupils to blossom.

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