Appraisal of the Educational Provisions for the Physically Challenged Pupils in Anambra and Ebonyi States

Author: Okoye Faith Ogechukwu
Department: Educational Management and Policy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The study investigated the educational provisions for the management of primary school pupils with physical disabilities in Anambra and Ebonyi states of Nigeria. Five research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. Evaluative survey research design was adopted. Of the 2063 Head Teachers in primary schools in the two states, 710 of them whose schools have pupils with physical disabilities were sampled. Simple random sampling technique was employed in the choice of education zones used for the study. The research instrument used for data collection was an inventory containing 32 items. The validation of the instrument was done by two experts in Educational Management and Policy Department and an expert in Measurement and Evaluation in Educational Foundations Department of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The data obtained were analyzed through percentages and z-test statistics. The findings indicate that inadequate provision of the required educational facilities engendered poor management of pupils with physical disabilities. The findings also indicate that location was not a significant factor in the management of pupils with physical disabilities in Anambra and Ebonyi states. Based on the findings, the study, recommends, among others, that government should adopt a more pragmatic way of policy implementation rather than publication of beautiful blue prints that are not implemented. Government should endeavour to make adequate provisions for the educational needs of the physically challenged primary school pupils, bearing in mind that the country needs the contributions of all citizens for her sustainable development. Government is also to provide adequate fund for the training of teachers for the physically challenged, in addition to providing the required facilities. Furthermore, government is to ensure that proprietors of private schools make adequate provisions for physically challenged pupils.

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