LEVELS OF PREPAREDNESS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN ANAMBRA STATE

Author: Ozojie Ikechukwu Basil
Department: Educational Management and POlicy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

Universal Basic Education (UBE) is one of the programmes introduced by the Federal Government of Nigeria to eradicate illiteracy in the country. As a big venture, UBE requires adequate preparedness. The purpose of the study therefore was to ascertain the preparedness of schools for the implementation of the UBE programme in Anambra State. the design was a descriptive survey guided by five research questions. The population of the study consisted of 1285
respondents while the sample was 390 principals and primary school heads selected through proportionate stratified and simple random sampling techniques. A researcher-developed instrument duly validated by experts and whose reliability indices for the five sections using Cronbach Alpha were 0.82; 0.80; 0.86; 0.88 and 0.86 respectively. The researcher, with the help of six research assistants, administered the instrument. Mean was used to answer the research questions. The findings of the study include that there is low quantity of well experienced teachers with track record of achievements, and up to date on the UBE demands and low number of teachers that can manage classrooms effectively. It was, among others, recommended that teachers should aspire to be professionally trained in generalist areas so as to contribute effectively in the implementation of UBE programme and that school heads should recommend their teachers for on-the-job training programmes in classroom management.

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