INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCIES OF TEACHERS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT CURRICULUM IN OBOLLO-AFOR EDUCATION ZONE OF ENUGU STATE
This research studied the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) competencies of teachers for the implementation of Government curriculum in Obollo-Afor Education Zone of Enugu state. Specifically, it aimed at finding out the level of ICT competencies possessed by Government teachers in the zone. It further investigated the influence of gender, qualification and age on their ICT competencies. The study was guided by four research questions and three hypotheses. The population was made up of the whole forty one Government teachers in Obollo-Afor Education Zone. A fifty-item questionnaire was used to obtain data for the study. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions while t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used for the hypotheses. The findings showed low level of ICT competencies among teachers while the t-test analysis revealed significant difference between male and female teachers’ ICT competencies. ANOVA further showed that qualification and age are significant determinants of the ICT competency levels of Government teachers. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were made: the Computer Education courses in teacher training institutions that bother on ICT should be practical oriented, there should be termly practical in-service training of teachers on the use of ICT facilities in Nigeria, the ministries of education and parastatals at the federal, state and local government levels should ensure that people prove their ICT competencies before they are recruited to teach in Nigerian schools among others.