Open and distance education as a strategy for human capital development in Nigeria


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Dono: Marcos Pedroso

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The development of human capital has been identified as the most important component of
all the factors employed in production economics. Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has
placed great emphasis on training and education for human capital formation. However, the
education process as the primary means of developing human resource has failed, in its
conventional mode, to fulfil the needs of the country. This paper therefore examines the
impact of open and distance learning on the human capital development processes in teacher
education and other areas in Nigeria, presenting an overview of human capital development
efforts in Nigeria with a focus on the tertiary education system. The study also maps out the
potential benefits and logical justifications for the application of distance learning systems in
the training and development of professionals for the industrial and corporate sectors of the
economy. In conclusion, a proposal is made for the full-scale adoption of open and distance
learning as a fundamental strategy for human resource development in the country.

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