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LASU Deputy VC Highlights Phones, Music as Student Distractions

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In a recent interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Prof. Adenike Boyo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at Lagos State University (LASU), highlighted the challenges modern-day students face with the advent of technology, particularly mobile phones and music. According to Boyo, while technology offers substantial benefits for educational pursuits, it has become a significant source of distraction for students, adversely affecting their academic performance and focus.

Prof. Boyo emphasized the importance of striking a healthy balance in the utilization of technology. She acknowledged the essential role of smartphones in facilitating educational activities, such as accessing lectures online and participating in hybrid classes, which have become increasingly prevalent. With some classes accommodating as many as 250 students, the option to join lectures online and even take attendance digitally underscores the positive aspects of technology in education. However, Boyo pointed out the pitfalls of misusing such technology for entertainment purposes, like excessive engagement with music or involvement in cybercrime, commonly referred to as “Yahoo Yahoo” in Nigeria.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s message to students is clear: leverage technology for its educational benefits rather than distractions. She urged students to harness the wealth of information and knowledge available in cyberspace to enhance their academic pursuits and translate their ideas into reality using information communication technology. Boyo advocated for self-discipline among students, encouraging them to establish boundaries that do not compromise their concentration and academic studies.

Moreover, Prof. Boyo addressed the issue of time management, particularly concerning students’ fascination with music and social media. She noted that students often spend excessive amounts of time following celebrities and attempting to connect to Wi-Fi in pursuit of entertainment, rather than focusing on their studies. The deputy VC stressed the need for balance and prioritization of academics over leisure activities, suggesting that responsible and goal-driven students should concentrate on their academic growth and success.

The discussion also touched on the topic of student dress codes at LASU. Prof. Boyo commended the students for their compliance with the university’s dress code, attributing this positive change to increased awareness and enforcement measures. She mentioned that the university’s security personnel play a role in maintaining these standards, ensuring that students dress neatly and appropriately, reflecting the adage, “The way you are dressed is the way you are addressed.”

In summary, Prof. Adenike Boyo’s insights bring to light the dual-edged nature of technology in the lives of modern students. While recognizing the indispensable role of mobile phones and the internet in enhancing education, she calls for a balanced approach to technology use, emphasizing discipline, focus, and the prioritization of academic endeavors over distractions. As technology continues to evolve, finding this balance remains a critical challenge for students, educators, and institutions alike, necessitating ongoing dialogue and strategic interventions to support students in achieving their academic and personal development goals.

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