Quality assurance in education: The role of ICT and quality control measures in tertiary institutions in Nigeria
Quality assurance in education is perceived in this paper to be a product of the impact of information and communication technologies as well as the statutory control measures especially in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The paper reviews the concept of quality and quality assurance and their general application to education. Specifically, the paper views quality assurance in education as an effort and process of improving the general standard and value of education in order to benefit the recipients and the public at large. This is, in fact, the goals and targets which learners, teachers, staff and administration aspire to attain. The paper also reviews few shortfalls in the education system that provokes the quality assurance agenda. The paper perceives information and communication technologies impact as well as the administration of general and specific control measures as the lee ways in assuring and upgrading the quality and standard of education especially at tertiary institution levels in Nigeria. The paper concludes that providing quality education especially in tertiary institutions help to project the system to international standard and recognition. Thus, quality assurance underscores quality capacity building within an institution to benefit recipients and the general stakeholders. The paper recommends amongst other measures that quality assurance in tertiary institutions involves the collective thinking and shared actions of management, staff and students.