Diala Edwin Lionel (PhD), Prof. Obianuju O. Oku, Rev. Sr. Fiat Mary Uzoegbu


One of the most urgent problems in the society is the criterion gap of the workforce and the consequent increasing poor quality and social exclusion. The backward education system is to some extent responsible for this difference, especially in developing digital technology-related sectors. As a result, tertiary education play fundamental role in curtailing this gap and solving this dichotomy. The purpose of this study is to carry out a systemic study to address the qualification and criterion gap in the employability of graduates. Digital technology is one of the most efficient tools for advancing knowledge, skills and development in any nation. This paper reviews the concepts, benefits and challenges’ facing digital technology in Nigerian Universities This paper takes a critical look at the teaching of English Language through application of digital technology to ensure socio-economic transformation in Nigeria. This method, from our discussion, will ensure professional use of the language in the different fields of human endeavour and thereby enhances productivity. Using the qualitative and quantitative data collection methods the researchers recommend common solutions to the qualification and criterion gap in Nigeria by analyzing different stakeholder perceptions and developing a feasible-change framework to transition to an enhanced tertiary education in Nigeria.  Results of findings show three major aspects that draw the framework: the education of social and emotional skills, internship support during the first experience in the job market and a closer relationship with employer companies. Research implications give future direction to the framework of positive changes focused on soft skills-based education.


Digital Technology, English Language, Employability Skills, Tertiary Education, System Approach.

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