Dr. Samuel Emuhowho Ikelegbe


The study investigates factors influencing students in the acquisition of digital competence in office technology and management programme for maximum performance in south-south, Nigeria. The purpose of the study was to determine the factors affecting students in the acquisition of digital competence in OTM programme. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design, two research questions and two hypothesis guided the study. The population of the study consists of 88 lecturers in office technology and management in eight polytechnics in south-south, Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was used to generate response from the respondents. The questionnaire was design on a four point rating scale. The instrument was validated by three experts while the internal consistency was tested using Cronbach Alpha method which yielded a coefficient of 0.83. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the research questions while t-test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The data analysis revealed that insufficient technological tools, inappropriate knowledge of some OTM lecturers on technology and low teacher quality are among factors influencing students proper learning of digital technology. The study concluded that classroom factors such as inadequate technological equipment, inaccessibility technological tools etc. and lecturers use of intimidation, lecturers resistance against teaching at the assigned time are all factors that influence students of Office Technology and Management to acquire digital competencies. It was recommended among others that polytechnics should make available fund to retrain OTM lecturers on ICT area and that information communication and technologies (ICT’s) equipment should be provided in their numbers to help in training students.


Keywords: Competence, digital competence, performance, office technology and management.


Full Text:



Anusca, F. (2013). Digital competence framework: A framework for developing and understanding digital competence in Europe: European Commission. JRC Scientific and Policy Reports.

Azih, N. & Ama, F.N. (2020). Identification of higher level competencies required in technologically driven offices. Journal of the Association of Business Educators of Nigeria. 7(1), 472-482.

Arikwandu, S.O., Okoro, F. & Ozoemenam, N. (2016). Attitudinal competencies required for the motivation of beginners in shorthand as perceived by OTM students of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi: Nigerian Journal of Business Education, 3(2), 296-306.

Ezeani, N.S. & Oludele, L.Y. (2021). Digital competencies as correlation of secretarial personnel efficiency in Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. Conference Proceedings, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria. 8(1), 248-253.

Fehintola, J.O. (2014). Teachers’ characteristics as correlate of students academic performance among secondary school students in Saki-West Local Government Area of Oyo State. Journal of Education and Social Research. 4(6), 459-468.

Ikelegbe, S. (2020). Perception of entrepreneurs’ of competencies required by office technology and management graduates for entrepreneurial development in Delta State. Conference Proceedings, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria. 7(1), 698-706.

Ilomaki, Kantosalio, A., & Lakkala, M. (2011). What is digital competence? In linked portal, Brussels. European schoolnet.

Mac-Ikemenjima, D. (2015). Education in Nigeria: challenges and prospects. Presented at the 8th UN ICT Task Force Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, from 13-15, April 2015.

Onomiwoi, K.S. (2020). ICT learning space and competencies. European Journal of Education. 40, 180-197.

Ojo, O.J. (2018). Teachers’ professional attitudes and students academic performance in secondary schools in Ilorin Metropolis of Kwara State. E-journal of Education Policy. Htto://nan-edu/COE/ejournal/

Owoeye, J.S. (2000). The effect of interaction of location, facilities and class size on academic achievement of secondary school students in Ekiti, Nigeria. Unpublished Ph.D Thesis, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Skov, A. (2016). What is digital competence? Center for digital channels. https://digital-competence/front/what-is-digital-competence/

Umoru, T.A. & Enonche, A. (2021). Students’ perceptions of the attitudinal and classroom competencies needed by lecturers for motivating beginners in Office Technology and Management. Conference proceedings, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria.

Usman H.N. (2021). Level of usage of information and communication technology and online database facilities by business education lecturers for teaching and research. Conference proceedings, Association of Business Educator of Nigeria. 8(1), 322-334.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright © 2018 -2024. The Nigerian Journal of Business Education (NIGJBED) All Rights Reserved. 
ISSN: 2408-4816 (PRINT) | 
ISSN: 2756-5912 (ONLINE)

Powered by Myrasoft Systems Ltd.(