Principals’ Perspectives on the Challenges, and Ways Forward in Digitalizing Management of Secondary School Educational System

Dr Effionwan E.  Okon & Dr Michael Ekpenyong Asuquo

Abstract

This study was carried out to evaluate principals’ perspectives on the challenges, and ways forward in digitalizing management of secondary school educational system in Calabar Metropolis of Cross River State, Nigeria. A descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. Two research questions were formulated to guide this study. The population of the study comprised all the 72 principals in the study area. The study was a census study because all the principals in the study area were used as respondents in the study. A questionnaire was used as the instrument for this study. Data collected were analyzed using frequency counts and percentages. From the result of the analysis, inadequate funding, lack of digital skills, poor ICT training programmes, among others were the challenges in digitalizing management of secondary school educational system. Besides, the way forward in digitalizing management of secondary school educational system was perceived by the principals to include adequate funding, provision of adequate digital tools, among others. Based on the result of the analysis, it was recommended, among others, that provision of digital resources and effective training in the utilization of digital tools by the students, teachers and school principals should be given top priority.

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