IMPACT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF TERTIARY INSTITUTION STUDENTS
The study investigated the correlation between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and academic performance of tertiary institution students. The survey aimed look at the availability, accessibility, and usability of the ICT resources in tertiary institution in Kaduna metropolis. The survey adopted the descriptive survey research design. The instrument for data collection was structured questionnaire designed to elicit responses to the research questions. Three null hypotheses were tested using data obtained from research instruments. Data obtained from these instruments were correlated using Pearson product moment correlation method. The five point Likert scale was used and data analyzed with Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23. Results showed a positive correlation between ICT and academic performance. The findings also revealed that the ICT resources availability was not adequate, access to the ICT resources was also limited, and the usability of the available resources is minimal. A significant difference was recorded in the use of ICT resources to improve academic performance among students in the tertiary institution. The use of ICT is recommended for students in tertiary institution. The institutions must invest massively on ICT resources (such as computers and related technology) which solve the accessibility problem. There is need to maintain an effective
internet connectivity in the institution to tackle the problems associated with internet accessibility. The training in ICT skills should be included in the curriculum for schools to improve the learning and teaching skills.