State of Teacher Quality in Lagos State Senior Secondary Schools, Nigeria: Implications for Educational Planning

Abstract:

Lagos State Education Districts in Nigeria was created in 2005 by the Lagos State Government for the purpose of ensuring higher degree of efficiency and effectiveness within the educational system. Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness is a function of teacher quality. Teacher quality as considered by the study was made up of academic qualification, teaching experience, trainings received, and the level of ICT compliance by teachers in relation to work efficiency. Guided by one hypothesis, the study sought to find out if there would be any significant difference in teacher quality among the Education Districts in the State. With school population of 333 and sample size, through the simple random technique of 97 and analysis based on Analysis of Variance, it was established that a significant difference existed in terms of teacher quality among the Education Districts, a phenomenon that is not ideal for a structure established on a democratic principle on the side of the Government. The difference in teacher quality was due to the differences observed in the trainings given to teachers by Districts. Based on this, some implications of the findings for educational planning were drawn alongside with recommendations. Some of these include implementation of first degree (education) certificate as an entry qualification into the teaching force, establishment of a structure to improve teacher quality among others.