THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION: A SURVEY

Abstract:

The study was aimed to provide empirical documentation of the perceptions of teachers and school heads regarding the contributions of parents’ teachers association, non-governmental organizations and community based organizations in the management of universal basic education in Delta State Nigeria from 2003 to 2009 and the benefits of community participation in educational management. The study employed the descriptive survey research design. The stratified random sampling technique was used for selection of a sample of 600 Teachers and 400 School heads from schools located in the three senatorial districts of Delta State. The findings show evidence of parents teachers’ association, non- governmental organizations and community based organizations participation in some period 2003-2009 in the three senatorial districts. The findings further reveal the benefits of community participation in educational management to include improved delivery, improved quality and access to education. The study concludes by recommending outreach campaigns using a variety of media channels to create awareness of parents and communities on the need for increased community active involvement in educational management.