Nigeria’s Federal Government Develops Framework for IT Education

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The Federal Government has packaged a new document, the National Information Technology Education Framework (NITEF) for the structuring and regulation of the formal and non-formal educational institutions of Information Technology in Nigeria.

The document was developed was developed by the Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to ensure compliance with global standards.

President, Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN) Professor Adenike Osofisan disclosed this at the recent 14th Annual General Meeting of the Association in Abuja.

She said that the framework was designed because, "We observed that in Nigeria, IT training particularly in the non-formal sub- sector has been an all- comers' affair devoid of a coherent framework regarding the scope, content and quality".

"Consequently, there is a proliferation of computer training outfits in nooks and crannies of Nigeria, offering all sorts of certificates and programmes based on the curriculum that is defined in philosophy, objectives and content for relevant skill acquisition", she noted.

According to her, the NITEF is a first attempt to provide a roadmap for the development of IT education in Nigeria. "It is targeted at ensuring that appropriate skills, competencies and attitudes are imparted to enable Nigeria take advantage of the global opportunities in Information Technology".

"However, in recognition of the rapid rate of obsolescence in IT, the framework shall apply only on the shot and medium term of not more than three years."

The meeting, which is an annual event, witnessed the induction of 240 new members as members, graduate members and affiliates into the Association.

To the new inductees, Osofisan said: "Fellow professionals, you will agree with me that Information Technology is a critical sector that needs to be fully explored for the full realisation of the Vision 20 2020 objective".

"We have a substantial contribution to make and this contribution is to grow the profession maximally so that it will impact positively on the economy, thereby facilitating the realisation of our vision."

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