Handling Digital Divide among Students in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions: A Discourse

Sunday O. Onwe, Emmanuel A. Ezekwe


The use of ICT in tertiary institutions for learning, researching, teaching and community development is an ongoing reality in 21st century. However, the inequalities that exist among tertiary students are the source of a significant anxiety. Such inequalities need to be detected and addressed and therefore close the digital divide. This qualitative study discusses the digital divide among Students by using ICT access/skills and inadequate ICT facilities in tertiary institutions. Results obtained revealed that there is presence of digital divide in the tertiary institutions environment. Such inequalities with respect to technology imply inadequate ICT resources available and difficult to access the facilities. It is noteworthy that the fact that not all tertiary students use ICT in carrying out their research and sources bibliography for academic purposes, but they use such ICT facilities more frequently for social/personal gains.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/par.v3n1p98


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