ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF PRIMARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: BRIDGING POLICY AND PRACTICE

G. Idogo

Delta State University, Abraka (NIGERIA)
Within the past decades the Federal government and other international agencies have invested much on primary education and it is expected that the outcome would justify the huge amount of resources invested in the project. The purpose of this paper is to examine the diverse roles played by policy makers and practitioners as relate to primary school administration and management. The study will be limited to Delta State with a total of 1750 public primary schools and will be guided by four research questions and four hypotheses. The theoretical framework of the study will be based on system’s approach to management. A sample of 450 head teachers will be selected through stratified sampling technique based on the three senatorial districts of the State. Questionnaire will be the instrument for data collection. The data collected will be analyzed using descriptive statistics such as mean to answer the research questions and one way analysis of variance to test the hypothesis. Recommendations will be made based on the findings. This study is educationally important because primary education is the foundation for all other levels of education.