Teachers’ Views on the Incorporation of Entrepreneurial Capacity Building (ECB) Programmes in the Basic Education Curriculum in Ilorin Emirate, Nigeria

Abstract:

The aim of the study conducted, in Ilorin Emirate, Nigeria, was to seek the views of teachers on the incorporation of Entrepreneurial Capacity Building (ECB) Programmes in the Nigerian Basic Education Curriculum. The descriptive survey method was employed for the study. 424 teachers were selected through stratified random sampling technique to cater for variables of gender, areas of specialisation, qualification and experience. The sampled teachers responded to a 20 items researcher– made questionnaire. Six research questions were raised and five hypotheses were formulated and tested for the study. Frequency counts and percentages of responses were used to answer the research questions while the SPSS computer software chi-square statistic was used to test the hypotheses. The result of the findings indicated that: teachers were aware of the incorporation of Entrepreneurial Capacity Building (ECB) Programmes in the Basic Education Curriculum and they have been teaching it; variables of gender did not affect the opinions of teachers but experience and qualification and area of specialisation did affect the opinions of teachers significantly on the incorporation of ECB in the Nigerian Basic Education Curriculum. Based on the findings, it was recommended that teachers, who are the implementers of any curriculum, should be given the opportunities to undergo refresher courses, seminars and workshops that will expose them to new innovations in the curriculum. In addition, ECB should be incorporated in the Curricula of all levels of education so as to empower every individual to be a job creator.