n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Financial sustainability and the provision of information technologies in Nigerian secondary schools : social networking in view

Volume 5, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Recently, social networking is becoming an 'academic tsunami' to the educational system in Nigeria. By the late 1990s, things were changing as the knowledge of global environment problems emerged and it became much clearer that the fact of the 'natural' and social worlds were inevitably intertwined. Nigerians cherish inculcating social norms, teaching good habits especially good health habits, character and moral training and the development of sound attitudes. Hence, education given in schools is expected to assist the society in its attempt to socialize people. Differences in the provision of gadgets for information technologies to combat the challenges of social networking influence on the child schooling in Nigeria is anchored on funding by the so called proprietors either public or private. Secondary education in Nigeria has been identified as the link between the child from primary school and thus processed to face the tertiary education. This level of education in Nigeria had been confronted with several challenges on the qualities of inputs (students, teachers, curriculum, facilities-ICT gadgets inclusive) and the type of output they give to the larger society. As a survey method of descriptive research design, it makes use of some indicators for measuring the state of funding information communication technology in Nigerian secondary schools. Data were collected through the use of a validated questionnaire tagged Information Communication Technology Funding Questionnaire (ICTFQ) with a reliability coefficient of r = 0.85. The study covered 60 public secondary schools and 60 private secondary schools in South West Nigeria selected through a stratified random sampling method. The participants cut across 6000 different categories of students of the sampled schools. Data were analyzed through descriptive and inferential statistics tools to test the research hypotheses for the study. The result shows that there is a significant difference in the provision of ICT facilities between public and private schools, while there is no significant difference in the use of cell-phone browsing between public and private secondary school students. It was also discovered that there is a significant relationship between the social networking effect on the academics of male and female secondary school students. Based on the results, recommendations were provided such as increasing annual budgetary allocation to public secondary schools, a fresh approach to ICT so that students will learn to appreciate and value it thereby understanding it purpose and discontinue unnecessary hours students and instructors spend on internet. Cell-phone text messaging and e-mail provide additional platforms that support a new form of violence-cyberbullying that occurs when young people use electronic media to taunt, insult, or even threaten their peers should be eradicated in schools.

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