ERIC Number: ED331640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher's Perceptions of the Status of Nigerian Primary Schools.
Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski; And Others
In 1976, Nigeria made a commitment to giving its children six years of universal elementary education, in part to remedy regional imbalances in educational provision. Another objective was to promote children's view of themselves first as Nigerian citizens and then as members of tribal groups. Implementation of the plan encountered several problems, many related to the initial, serious underestimations of enrollment and costs. Although federal and state education statistics had been examined, and a survey of school inspectors had provided information on conditions in the schools, no study had focused on describing conditions as elementary school teachers experienced them. In an effort to remedy this situation, a total of 149 elementary school teachers in Nigeria were surveyed, and 96 were subsequently interviewed. The responses provide a portrait of universal elementary education midway through its second decade. Serious problems were found; one of these was the problem of underqualified teachers. Regional differences were not great, but problems continued to be greater in northern than in southern states. Improvements in supplies of teaching materials and in teachers' access to basic amenities were found. Teachers reported heavy use of memorization and recitation as teaching strategies. In general, high quality education has not accompanied large scale access to elementary education, but appears to be slowly developing. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).