The problem with the current education system today in the majority of African nations is resisting tech-based education. Cost and electricity however are the two key reasons that have been hampering the spirit of digital revolution in Africa. However, experts after realising the growing interests of studying virtually are now making positive attempts to implement digital learning devices in all those deprived classrooms.
The education we obtain is not exclusive, feels Kapenda
One of the students, Kapenda Ndimuwanakupa, a 19-year old student who just completed his secondary education said, “We all got taught how to use computer and information networks, like Google for example, to search information that you can use for class work and doing projects.” However, he showed unwillingness towards accepting their computer education standards. Kapenda said that his school was not exceptional in offering computer education.
Although Namibia stands as one of African’s richest nations, the academic experience of Kapenda there was not something to be appreciated. One of the digital trainers, Iyke Chukwu, who works with Federal Capital Territory Secondary Education Board, said that it’s been three years that the authorities are still carrying on experiments in more than sixty secondary schools in Abuja. Moreover, what’s depressing now is that a good number of teachers here are not feeling excited to implement technology.
Cost and Electricity always matter
Chukwu said that the cost factor mattered a lot behind the resistance of digital education. Although teachers are willing to have their own laptops, some of them are just not able to do so owing to meagre salaries. Moreover, another factor that has been already mentioned earlier is electricity which is indeed stopping technology from making classrooms more modernised and updated.
So, the question is, ‘What’s next?’
Researchers have found that students in Kenya have come up with modem-like devices through which they will be accessing mobile internet services. Well, Microsoft is working on a project that would initiate the Internet service through unused television frequencies in Kenya, and this would also eliminate the dependability on electricity.
Iyke Chukwu in regard to use of cell phones in classrooms said, “For now, use of phones in school is taboo, so once a teacher sees a student with a phone, the next thing is they are seizing the phone and they can destroy the phones.” He added in a depressing tone that cell phones can be an amazing tool for online learners and this has not yet been recognised by them.
Predictions say that smartphones will rule in future. In fact, the smartphone market in Africa has been highly predicted to double in the next 4 years. Where it’s true that smartphones are getting cheaper, the chances of adopting mobile learning are sure to go higher with time. With this initiative, onlinedistance learning in Abuja will emerge to be a grand success and students there would not be required to relocate for higher studies.
As far as Abuja’s education system is concerned, distance learning can only strengthen it thereby bringing new objectives and big expectations among students. Therefore, enrolling under the Abuja university distance learning will always be a better and wiser initiative for students who would therefore get the liberty to study as per their convenience and that too by taking help of digitally enriched tools.
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