By Usman Shuaibu Abuja
A lecturer at the University of Abuja, Prof. Christopher Ogockukwu Okwudishu, has called on government at all levels to integrate Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into education reform in order to enable the teachers move from analog to digital.
He said: “Our efforts had failed so far , because we had not considered integrating technology into education reform.”
Okwudishu, made the call in an interview with newsmen after he presented the 30th inaugural lecture with theme “Motion Without Movement: The Case of Education Reform and the Imperative of Technology Integration in Teacher Education” which took place at the permanent site of the University on Thursday.
According to him, “we have been talking education reform without thinking about technology integration the world over nothing that education systems were neglected by the government in terms of ICT compliance.”
He appealed to the stakeholders in education sector to deem it necessary to integrate technology into education reforms in the interest of teacher education.
He also suggested that the stakeholders in education sector should redesign the curriculum for teacher education so that the in-service teachers could be incorporated into technology in order to put a stop to analog teachers in the teaching profession, and called on government to use the Teacher Professional Development (TED) for those teachers who were already in the field.
While delivering the inaugural lecture, he said the business of education as well as the education reform should not be left for the government, noting that education reform required a multi-sector approach that involved business and industry, government as well as the civil society.
“The full impact of education reform through technology integration will be felt only when education policies and programme are co-ordinated with those in other ministries such as telecommunication, economic development and rural and urban development” the professor said.
According to okwudishu, the failure of past education reforms in Nigeria is to be attributed to the failure to consider the role of technology in education reforms at a time when education systems all over the world are under increasing pressure to use the new information and communication technologies to teach students the knowledge and skills they need in the 21stcentury.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu who was represented by the Vice-Chancellor Academic prof. E.J.C. Nwana, commended the inaugural lecturer for a well-researched work.
Meanwhile, the plague was presented to the inaugural lecturer by the vice-chancellor after the lecture.