ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO AND JIGAWA STATES NIGERIA

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ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO AND JIGAWA STATES NIGERIA

 CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1  Background to theStudy  

Education  is  an  instrument  per  excellence  for  effective  national  development.  It  therefore remained a social process in capacity building and maintenance of society. According to Ayo (2011) Education is the process through which individuals are made functional members of the society through transmission of knowledge, skills and attitude. Thus, education promotes better health increases skills and higher productivities, providing chances to live in dignity and make wise and rationale decision about one‟s life. In line with these views, the Federal Government of Nigeria in her National Policy on Education (NPE, 2004) adopted education as an instrument par excellent for affecting national development and steps that education will continue to be highly rated in national development plans.Education, therefore, makes a nation/country to spell out in clear and unequivocal terms the philosophy and objectives that underlie its investment for the development. In Nigeria, it is observed that science education emphasizes the teaching and learning of science process and principles. This leads to fundamental and applied research in the sciences at all levels of education.  

Tertiary education is the type of education given after secondary education; also colleges of education are among the institutions that provide such kind of education. The courses offered in the colleges of education as tertiary education institutions include: sciences/technical education in which computer education is among them.  

Computer education is of paramount importance to the nation development and it is on this premise that the federal government of Nigeria sought to introduce computer studies in the education system from primary to higher institutions. In line with this NPE (2004) has clearly explain that Nigeria cannot afford to ignore the role which computer literacy plays in achieving the national  goals of technological development considering the fact that, educational  system   around  the  world    face  formidable  challenges  that  taxing    conventional  strategies.  Fresh approaches are needed to address persistent problems of the past and provide student with an education relevant to the needs of the modern information based global economy.  

Therefore, from the foregoing, based on the importance of computer to teaching and learning, it is obvious that introducing the system can be said to be in the right direction. Fajola (2001) asserts that, the computer is diligent and consistent in its mode of operation to perform multi- functional roles in teaching and learning process at all levels of education. Computer is an electronic device which can hold vast quantities of information and accurate store and information for use. It is capable of carrying and processing input calculation according to predetermined set of  instructions.  Computer  is  felt  in  establishment  like  banks,  power  holding  company, independent  national  electoral  commission,  payroll  processing,  examination  conduction, diagnosing sickness in hospital, engineering and management in general (Mbam, 2000).   

ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO AND JIGAWA STATES NIGERIA

ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO AND JIGAWA STATES NIGERIA