Online Education: The Best Solution For Nigerian StudentsPosted: January 9, 2015
Do you want to survive the intense competition in today’s corporate world? Then apart from acquiring necessary skills and relevant experience, you need to earn the right degree that will enable you to improve your job prospects. Nowadays, it has become imperative that you pursue an undergraduate degree to steer your career in the right direction. But students in Africa, especially in Nigeria, find it really difficult to earn degree due to various social and political reasons. Let’s have a look what are the challenges and what solutions are available for our African students….
Challenges for Nigerian students
Students and parents have to cope with some gut-wrenching reality while deciding whether to attend school or not. But I guess it has become easier for the parents to make the decision as more than 800 schools have already shut down in northeast Nigeria as a result of terrorism and insecurity.
The CCSG (Coalition of Civil Society Groups) conducted an independent assessment of the scenario which revealed that more than 194,664 students have been compelled not to attend schools due to some emergency situations. Etuk Bassey Williams, President of CCSG, believes that the closing of schools will severely affect the nation as Nigeria will be unable to achieve the primary school enrollment benchmarks set for 2015.
Does this mean Nigerian students are unable receive even basic education?
No. A number of academic analysts claim that online education can prove to be a powerful tool for schools to reach students directly in their homes, specifically in northeast Nigeria. It will not only better primary education, but also expand the reach of higher education programmes like undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across the country.
Is Online education effective?
Former president of ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities), Dr. Dipo Fashina, believes that the existing education system in Nigeria is highly flawed and it urgently needs a serious reformation. Dr. Fashina said,
“Education is the major thing that promotes being at the height of development and we are not there yet.”
You can find a large number of students already pursuing online undergraduate diploma programmes in Nigeria. This is mostly due to dysfunctional traditional education practices that produce under-prepared graduates who are unable to find suitable employment. Just like thousands of students in Nigeria, you can acquire high quality education and qualifications from recognized institutions in UK and US by studying online.
An affordable and helpful option
Online programmes offered by reputed UK colleges are not only widely recognized and accepted, but these are highly affordable as well. These programmes are offered to millions of students worldwide by using the same resources and do not require heavy infrastructure investments. Hence you can easily earn an online UK undergraduate diploma from the convenience of your home without shelling out too much money.
Nigerian students, who cannot attend conventional classrooms, can now easily participate in online learning as the opportunities are expanding with more than 175 million mobile phone subscriptions per month in the nation. Moreover, with a developing telecommunications sector and better internet broadband connectivity, the scope of online education has increased to offer Nigerian students in troubled regions a better option for learning.
Now you can easily access African-friendly versions of online education platforms offered by reputed universities in Europe and US and build your career the way you want.
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