May 24, 2012

Embrace ICT, LCP boss urges students


The Chairman, Governing Council,  Lagos City Polytechnic, Ikeja, Engr. Babatunde Odufuwa has urged students of both public and private tertiary institutions to be Information Communication Technology- compliant, stressing that very soon, those who do not follow the trend would be left behind.

He added: “Examination malpractice will soon be a thing of the past, because with the introduction of Inter-switch and Upperlink in the system, students will not just  make payment online but also be able to register and take multiple examination questions online.”

Odufuwa who stated this at PayChoice presentation held at the institution’s boardroom, explained that multiple examination questions can be stored in a server database and released at the same time to students assigned to each computer where they are meant to answer questions directly into the database. “Since the person seated next to you is not having similar questions, it will be difficult to cheat,” he said.

Furthermore, Odufuwa reiterated that no lecturer can contribute meaningfully to the development of students and the society at large, if such academic does not develop his knowledge in Information Communication Technology adding: “Such knowledge will enhance good research work that will both develop the lecturer and his students.”

Speaking on the importance of the Upperlink Inter switch, the director, Inter-switch, Mr Charles Ifedi said that the innovation has a backup capacity that enhances data recovery. “For example, if a student’s data of four years is missing, it wouldn’t take time to recover it as the system can manage examination records,” he added.

On his part, the Managing Director, Upperlink Limited, Mr Segun Akano explained that PayChoice platform managed by Upperlink is a customized software which makes payment of fees and management of examination record automation simple.

He added that this software owns a national payment engine called Branchcollect adopted by over 14 tertiary institutions and 19 banks across the country.

According to him, PayChoice refers to the various options of electronic payment which include: POS, ATM, Master Card etc, stressing that the purpose is to minimize the risk of students carrying bulk cash. “Our automation is our own contribution to the development of the nation,” he said.