By Emmanuel Edukugho
While acknowledging the National Policy on Education (revised 2006) as an elegant document which makes prescriptions for the conduct of the business of education in Nigeria, it should be re-engineered to embrace comprehensive computer education and introduce Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) as much as possible in the basic and higher education systems, Professor Peter Okebukola, Chairman, Governing Council, Osun State University, Osogbo and immediate past Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) has recommended.
Other recommendations made while delivering a lecture titled: â€œThe Effect of National Policy on Education and Impact of ICT in Achieving Functional Education in Secondary Schools in Nigeria,â€at the 14th Graduation and Award ceremony of Babcock University High School, Ilishan, Ogun State, recently are that to be able to introduce CAL nationwide, teachers should be trained in Computer education through well planned programmes, workshops and conferences.
Computer equipment and peripherals are generally capital intensive, therefore philanthropists, organized private sector and even the informal sector must be enlightened in the need for Computer education so that they can contribute generously to finance the installation of systems in public primary and secondary schools.
That every local government should endeavour to build a computer centre where systems, peripherals and software are installed for the use of pupils and teachers.
Restructuring of the educational broadcast industry with a view to making it an essential and mandatory part of every teacher education effort should be undertaken.
The use of internet technology with special attention to communications dimension of computer technology should be developed to encourage sharing of materials and information within the country and easy retrieval of information.
The setting up of a full fledged national network and gateway serving all schools and institutions of higher learning, educationally related and government bodies and research institutions should be stepped up.
Wireless technology requiring limited electricity or perhaps none at all in the rural areas should be an option to consider.
In many parts of the developing world, the leap frog is toward the use of wireless technologies.
China is relying on this method as part of its technology delivery. Nigeria can explore the use of this as it will be especially suited for rural areas which do not have the necessary or adequate infrastructure of electricity.
Represented by Professor Ayanniyi Alhassan, Faculty of Education, Osun State University, Osogbo, who delivered the lecture on his behalf, Okebukola said that the topic could not have come at a more opportune time in the history of Nigeria especially as â€œwe seem to be at a crossroad regarding the dilemma faced ain ensuring that every Nigerian has quality education.â€
He added: â€œIt is also significant because the whole world is grappling with the all important issue of Education For All (EFA) with the hope that by 2015, the world will be rid of illiteracy and poverty would have been banished from the face of the earth for good, and equity would become the watchwords in the provision of education in every nation.
Also, we are striving to become one f the worldâ€™s 20 leading economies by 2020. Education will play a major role in this quest.â€
Okebukola congratulated and appreciated the principal of Babcock University High School, Elder Timothy A. Adetayo for the good work he is doing, and all his staff as well as the parents for the joyful day.
His words to the graduating students: â€œWe give the Almighty god, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords for keeping you throughout your secondary education. I have no doubt that you will transit easily to Babcock University which is standing tall as one of Nigeriaâ€™s, indeed Africaâ€™s leading private university.
In his welcome address for the 14th valedictory and award ceremony of the school, Elder Adetayo, recalled thee last graduation ceremony in which Ogun State Commissioner for Education in his lecture titled â€œThe Role of Government and Impact of Christian Education on the Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria,â€made the people to understand that to fight this monster, the crusade will have to start from our schools.
He traced the origin of Babcock University High School, which started simply as private coaching classes in the middle of 1994, occasioned by the need to remedy the falling standard of the nationâ€™s educational system with its incessant strikes and closure. This eventually led to the establishment of a formal school on January 26, 1995.
â€œToday, we are celebrating the mustard seed sown by Pastor (Prof) J.A. Kayode Makinde under the leadership of Elder Olu Efuntade as the pioneer principal. Elder David Ayeni took over in 1998 and built on the foundation left.
Adetayo said that this graduating class of 2008/2009 is the largest in the history of the school â€” 117, made up 61 boys and 56 girls.
Determined to surpass the previous sets, the graduands are donating to the school a VSAT worth about N2.5 million with the support of the Parents/Teachers Association.
The educational philosophy has been summarised thus: â€œWe go to work to educate the mind, mould the character and inculcate those values that our society so urgently needs, personal discipline, moral, accountability, enthusiasm for service, commitment to duty, a passion for excellence and the fear of God.
The principal touched on the excellent performance of the students in WAEC, passed the required number of subjects including English Language and Mathematics, and recording 100 per cent at credit and above in all the subjects in the school curriculum.
Mention was made of the religious life, awards and prizes, excursion (international) which took 55 students and four staff to Benin Republic, Gogo and Ghana in December 2008.
Overall Best students in SS3 were Okoro Nwakanma with 7As, Ic, Idowu-Basibo Adebola 4As, 4bs and Sanni Ayomide 3As, IB, 5Cs. For JSS3, the overall best students were â€“ Oyekan Oluwadamiloju weighted 78.22%, with 9As, 4Cs, Odufuwa Oluwabusayo 77.09% with 9As, 4Cs, and Akintayo Oluwatobi weighted 77.36% with 8As, 4Cs.