Centralization and Decentralization of Schools' Physical Facilities Management in Nigeria


Abstract Purpose – This research aims to examine the difference in the availability, adequacy and functionality of physical facilities in centralized and decentralized schools districts, with a view to making appropriate recommendations to stakeholders on the reform programmes in the Nigerian education sector. Design/methodology/approach – Principals, teachers, members of the board of education including parents and community leaders were surveyed from centralized and decentralized school districts on availability, adequacy, and functionality of schools facilities. Findings – Emerging data revealed that decentralization enhances the availability, adequacy and functionality of schools physical facilities. Research limitations/implications – The implication of the findings is that decentralization is a more efficient method of managing schools’ infrastructure because it promotes accountability and reduces official corruption in schools administration. Originality/value – Findings from this research provide practical solutions to the problem of physical facilities inadequacy in the Nigerian school system. Keywords Educational planning and administration, Schools, Nigeria, Decentralized control Paper type Research paper