AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF INTERNET SERVICES BY STUDENTS IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ONITSHA EDUCATION ZONE OF ANAMBRA STATE

AUTHOR: NDANWU ANGELA IFEOMA 

DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study aimed at finding out the availability and utilization of Internet services by students in private secondary schools in Onitsha Education zone of Anambra State. Five research questions guided the conduct of the study while five null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Related literatures were reviewed. Eight private secondary schools were selected using judgmental sampling technique. A total of six hundred and forty respondents were purposely used for the study. A selfdeveloped Internet Facilities Checklist (IFC) and Internet Service Availability and Utilization Survey Questionnaire (ISAUSQ) were used for data collection. The instrument was validated through critical examination by two experts in Library and Information Science department as well as two experts from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Federal College of Education, Umunze. Data collected were analyzed using percentages, mean, t-test and chi-square statistics. The findings of the study revealed that the students of private secondary schools were to a high extent exposed to the use of Internet services; but some of these facilities were still lacking in some schools. Moreover, the study revealed the perceived benefits of using Internet services in private secondary schools which include making learning more interesting and enhancing career prospects. However, despite these perceived benefits, the findings of the study revealed some of the challenges facing Internet service in private secondary school such as irregular power supply, inadequate skill personnel and high cost of purchasing computer/ Internet facilities in schools. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that proprietors should buy generators to serve as an alternative source of power supply; There should be continuous and periodic training of teachers on practical and functional knowledge of the computers, and access to Internet-based resources; In order to lower marginal cost and purchase greater volume of bandwidth, the private secondary schools proprietors should form a consortium to purchase bandwith. 

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