ICT as a 21st Century Standard for Nigerian Teachers

Abstract:

The paper analyses the characteristics of the 21st century that make it imperative for Nigerian teachers to appreciate and use information and communications technology. It reviewed three key foundations of modern society which are scientific knowledge; information and communications technology; and globalisation. It further explained the paramount position of Nigeria as headquarters of the Africa Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) and member of the International (World) Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA), which imply that Nigeria is a signatory to international standards set by the teaching regulatory authorities world-wide. The paper then argues that ICT is an integral part of the modern society and also form part of the standards set by the teaching councils globally for teachers. Therefore, Nigerian teachers are obliged to embrace ICT if they are to be relevant internationally. The paper finally discusses the advantages of ICT for the teacher; efforts made by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to promote ICT among teachers; the role of teachers, employers and other stakeholders towards making teachers ICT-compliant.