- Current Issues on the Management of Diversification of Education in Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria
Abstract: This paper investigated current issues on the management of diversification of education in senior secondary schools in Abia State. The study used a descriptive survey design, carried out in one hundred and ninety (190) senior secondary schools in Abia State. The sample comprised of four hundred and eighty-five (485) principals and teachers, obtained through stratified random sampling techniques. Two research questions and two hypotheses were postulated to guide the study. A twenty (20) item instrument named ‘‘Questionnaire on Current Issues on the Management of Diversification of Education’’ (QCIMDE) was developed to obtain relevant data for the study. The instrument was validated and had a reliability index of 0.82 obtained using Pearson Product Moment Reliability Coefficient. Of the four hundred and eighty-five (485) questionnaires administered; four hundred and eighty (480) were retrieved from the respondents and used for data analysis. Mean and rank order statistics were used to answer the research questions while z-test statistic was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings showed that there is need to provide alternative means of financing secondary education; non-reliance on obsolete methodologies, curtailing of manpower wastage, creation of job opportunities, fostering the acquisition of ICT facilities. It was recommended that the stakeholders in education should pay great attention to the management of diversified educational operations. This will take care of new developments in technology and solve the problem of inability to adapt to changes. Also government should support the move towards alternative means of financing secondary education. Teachers should do a lot to discourage reliance on obsolete methodologies of instruction; while concerted efforts should be made to curtail manpower wastage in senior secondary schools. All concerned should strive hard to create job opportunities for secondary schools graduates through relevant curriculum.