Challenges to Effective Administration of Secondary Education in Nigeria
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The Faculty of Education, University of Lagos
This paper critically examined the challenges influencing effective administration of secondary education in Nigeria. Secondary Education is seen as the bridge between the primary and tertiary education. Among other specific goals, it has two broad goals and objectives, which include: (i) preparation of individuals for useful living within the society as well as higher education. However, these objectives are [arfrotn being achieved owing to a number of challenges bedeviling the system. These challenges include poor funding, corruption, cultism, examination malpractice, population explosion, inadequate infrastructure and instructional facilities etc. Furthermore, the paper discussed extensively, the functions of an ideal secondary school principal, which include management of school finance, provision and maintenance of physical facilities, selection and development of personnel, principal as a motivator, principal as a curriculum and instructional supervisor, record keeping and management, community and external agencies. Finally, the paper recommended some strategies for overcoming the challenges so that effective school administration can be achieved in our secondary school system. Some of these recommendations include: (i) controlled admission of students into secondary schools, to discourage an overcrowded situation in our classrooms (ii) proper monitoring and supervision of instructions (iii) provision of essential learning and sporting facilities by the principal etc.
Sule, S.A., Adetoro, J.A., & Elueme, C.P. (2013). Challenges to Effective Administration of Secondary Education in Nigeria. Lagos Education Review: A Journal of Studies in Education, 13(1), 123-131.