ASSESSMENT ON FEMALE STUDENT OF UYO CITY POLYTECHNIC AS WELL AS THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS SOCIAL MEDIA. USING UYO CITY POLYTECHNIC AS A CASE STUDY
The world is today celebrating the improvements in communication technology which broadened the scope communication through social media.
Social media communication in Uyo City Polytechnic no doubt has turned the entire school and world at large into a global village. But as it is, social media bring with it both negative and positive sides. It helps people to be better informed, enlightened, and keeping abreast with world development. Social media exposes mankind to a better way of doing things which some of the social media include; Twitter, yahoo messenger 2go messenger, Skype, Google talk etc.
Female student in Uyo City Polytechnic are using the above listed means known as social media to interact with old and new friends physical and internet friends (As emah and Edegoh 2012).
The evolution of social media which student are using especially female student in Uyo City Polytechnic, has led to its use as the best medium for communication whereby over two third of the world females student in the school population visit social media.
According to (William Boyd and Dendten 2009) says that school media have transformed the thought of global village into the reality whereby billions of people communicate through social media numerous benefit have been obtained through distant communication through the use of social media.
Academic excellence or achievement plays an important role in an individual placement
Due to this, many female students in the school are concerned with the ways they can enhance their academic achievement.
Kyoshaba 2009 says academic assessment which is measure by the examination results is one of the major goals of a school.
Holle (1986) argued that schools are established with the aim of imparting knowledge and skill to those who go through them and behind all this is the idea of enhancing good academic assessment.
Assessment or achievement is the outcome of education the extent to which a student, teacher or institution has achieved their educational goal. A direct relationship exists between social media usage and the academic assessment of student in Uyo City Polytechnic.
However, the darker side within technological evolution has result in dilemma such as the set back of real value of life especially among student who form the majority of user interacting through the use of the social networking sites.
Through this, students are tempted to abandon their home and reading time in preference for chatting online with friends, my female student in the school are now addicted to the online rave of the moment with facebook, twitter etc. today most youth and student possess facebook account. The reason most of them perform padly in school might not be fetched. While many might be quick to blame the poor quality of teacher.
They may have to think even harder if they have not heard of the face face book according to Oche and Anunu 2000).
Olubiyi (2012) noted that, this day’s student are so engrossed in the social media that they are almost 24 hours online. Even in classroom and lecture threatres. It has been observed that some students are always busy pinging 2going or face book while lectures are on.
In (Obi Bulus, Adamu and Sala 2012) it was observed that the use of these sites also affect students use of English and grammar.
The students are used to short forms of writing words in their classroom. They forget and use the same in the classroom. They use things like 4 in place of for, u in place of you, D in place of the etc. and this could affect their class assessment.
1.3 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS
The world today is the global market in which the internet is the most important sort of information, since the advent of social media sites in the 1990s, it is assumed in some quarters that the academic performance of student is facing a lot of negative and challenges. The educational system in Nigeria is face with so many diallenges which have certainly brought about a rapidly decline in the quality of education. There is a deviation, distraction and divided attention between social networking activities and their academic work. It is observed that student devote more attention to social media than they do to their studies.
Students addictiveness to social networking student frequency of exposure to social media network the student are more exposed to and the influence of social media as a medium of interaction between students has been part of discussion in recent times and which have in impacted on their academic performance.
Instead of student reading their books, they spend their time chatting and making friends via the social media and this might definitely have influence in their academic performance because when you do not read, there is no way you can perform well.
HISTORICAL BACK-GROUND OF THE STUDY
The general background of the study ‘’ an assessment of female student attitude towards social media’’ provide the correct picture about the numbers of student involving the social media activities. But the theoretical foundation of these research project is from the organization which happens to be case study of this project, Uyo City Polytechnic as a brain child of engineer E.g. Ekott who eventually become the first rector of the great institution in October 2013.
The first matriculation was held on June 2004 and the total numbers of student were one hundred (100) matriculated.
The polytechnic, located at Nduetong Oku in Uyo local government Area of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, this institution was former school of accountancy and business studies founded by late Chief J. S. Etuk Udo.
Uyo City Polytechnic started with six departments namely:
- Department of accountancy
- Department of business administration
- Department of computer science
- Department of marketing
- Department of mass communication
- Department of public administration
But in the year 2310, some new departments were letter introduce which some of them are:
- Department of electrical electronic engineering
- Department of computer engineering
- Department of statistic and the rest of them not AO’ not mentioning.
In addition, the first head of the department of accounting was Chief Joseph Udo who was later change to Mr. U. E. Umosong, then Mr. Ifiok Abasi Akpabio and uncle Effiong and now Elder or Jeremiah.
In business administration Mr. Udosen was the first head of department letter change to Miss Ima Nseyen and now Mr. Bakari, in marketing department, Mr A. J. Udom was the first head of the department of marketing which he worked tirelessly toward the successes of that department. While Mr. Emmanuel Matthew was appointed as the first head of the department of Computer Science latter change to Mr. J. Tom before the current one. And this is applicable in the department of mass communication where Mr. E. Ebong was the head of department and letter change to late pastor Ufon George and Miss Philomena Umoren now change to Pst. George Udo (PHD)
Uyo City Polytechnic was affiliated to OSSISATECH POLYTECHNIC ENUGU, Enugu state in Nigeria the contribution of OSSISATECH can never be forgotten especially in the assistant to this institution to meet up with the NBTC for the purpose of their (ND) accreditation. The school later change their HND accreditation to Dorbend and known Heritage Polytechnic.
The following research questions were raise
- To what extent would student addictiveness to social network influence their academic assessment?
- Does the social media that the students are more exposed to influence their academic assessment?
- How has the use of social media influence the academic performance of the student in Uyo City Polytechnic
- Is there gender difference in the student’s usage of social media?
- In what way do female student in Uyo City Polytechnic assessed the use of social media?
1.5 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study generally is to examine the assessment of female student attitudes toward social media in Uyo City Polytechnic. Specifically, the study seek.
- To examine the student addictiveness to social media and the assessment on their academic performance.