Human Rights group, COFAA backs Digitalization of Nigerian tertiary institutions

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

A human Rights group, Council for Affirmative Action (COFAA) has expressed support to enhanced digitalization of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.

A press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Bauchi by the Executive Director of the organization, Mr. Mbami Iliya Sabka Wednesday, said COFAA is in support for the enhanced Digitalization of tertiary education sector through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“This initiative is aimed at putting an end to the frequent disruptions in academic activities caused by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) in the country”, the Rights group said.

“As a council, we believe that the introduction of Artificial intelligence (AI) into the education sector will revolutionize the way teaching and learning is conducted in tertiary institutions across the country”, Mr. Sabka further opined.

He noted that the use of AI-powered technologies such as smart classrooms, virtual and augmented reality, intelligent tutoring systems, and adaptive learning systems will provide a more engaging and personalized learning experience for students.

According to him, with the adoption of AI-powered technologies, students will have access to high-quality educational materials and resources that are tailored to their individual learning needs.

“This will enable them to learn at their own pace and in their own time, thereby improving their academic performance and reducing the need for physical classrooms”, the press statement pointed out.

It added that the introduction of AI-powered technologies will also reduce reliance on human lecturers, who are often the cause of the frequent disruptions in academic activities in the country.

“With AI, students will have access to on-demand tutoring and support, which will help them to overcome any learning challenges they may encounter”, the COFAA said.

“COFAA believes that the adoption of AI in tertiary institutions in Nigeria will not only improve the quality of education but also create new opportunities for research and innovation in the country”, Mr. Sabka stated.

“This will in turn enhance the country’s human capital development and contribute to the growth of the economy”, he said.

COFAA called on the Nigerian government, private sector, and other stakeholders in the education sector to support the enhanced digitalization of tertiary institution education in the country through the use of AI-powered technologies.

“This will put an end to the frequent disruptions in academic activities caused by the ASUU and ensure that Nigerian students receive a world-class education that is tailored to their individual needs”, the Rights group submitted.

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