Science & Technology

Technology should reflect in all courses taught in schools – Expert




Odun Oni, an Information Technology (IT) Consultant, has called on relevant authorities to

update the country’s education structure to reflect technology advancement.

He made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Thursday.

Oni, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Vervespa Ltd, an educational and IT consulting firm in Ondo State, said that

the world’s economy was becoming more technology-driven, hence the need to consider its incorporation into almost all human endeavours.

He emphasised that graduates of all courses required an experience of basic technology to stay relevant on the job market and

to compete with their fellow counterparts in the world, noting, however, that many African universities do not teach courses

and skills relevant to the current digital age.

He explained that the curriculum of some educational outfits in Africa was traditional, and they in turn, churn out unemployable graduates.

He added that “almost all courses in the world require basic understanding in use of software.

“A graduate needs to be equipped with the latest technology in his or her field of study to be relevant and employable.

“Some private organisations have taken it upon themselves to fill the void left by schools, by technically equipping

graduates in different careers with practical training and skills necessary for employability.

“This probably contributes to why tech giants like Google and Microsoft are also contributing their quota to equip African

countries with skills relevant to the digital age.”

The consultant added that the education sector needed to be revamped with basic IT courses and skills, noting that

“Africa needs a technological revolution for startups to spring up.

“The fact that most tertiary institutions do not necessarily give the technical knowledge needed to pursue relevant careers

is enough justification for this.”

He, however, commended African institutions leveraging on the global technological movement to be at par with the rest of the world.

“If we have more African universities take on more tech-related courses like Edtech, eCommerce, Agritech, Socialtech,

Big Data and Fintech, the traditional educational style will be cut down to the barest minimum.

“Relevant dedicated startups will spring up and more graduates will get proper technical education as it relate their courses and

more economic problems will be addressed. African universities, should, therefore, adjust their curricula to suit the modern age.”

Oni also urged African governments to emulate Asian countries like China as the Chinese gobernment

was keen on keeping up with the digital age and not leaving out its younger generation.

He advised that “while the struggle to better tertiary education in Africa persists, a recent motivation from China could

help to arouse a sense of urgency.

“China is looking to set up Artificial Intelligence (AI) related and coding courses in primary and secondary schools.”

Edited by: Olabisi Akinbode/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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