Reasons and Strategies for Private Sector Participation in the Development of Secondary Education in Abia State
- Country : Nigeria
- Subject : Education
This study investigated private sector participation in the development of secondary education in Abia State. The researcher formulated two objectives, two research questions and two hypotheses to guide the work. The population of the study comprised of 190 secondary schools. The sample size of 1500 private and secondary school staff were drawn through stratified random sampling technique. An instrument called “private sector participation in the development of secondary school education assessment questionnaire (PSPDSEAQ)” was used for data collection. Means, and rank order statistics were used to answer the two research questions, while z-test statistics was used to test the null hypothesis. The following findings were made: private schools non-governmental organizations, business owners/wealthy individuals, MTN Nigeria and other networks, Banks, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), old students association, Shell Petroleum and other oil companies, and publishing houses fall under private sector that participate in the development of secondary education in Abia state. Private sector participates actively in the development of secondary education in Abia State. The study recommends that government should encourage private sector to participate fully in the development of secondary education without any hitch, since private sector also need the product of schools to remain in business, they should consider investment in education as an important responsibility to themselves and to the society. In addition, government should establish a functional framework for the establishment, control and supervision of private schools in Abia State, Appropriate forms of curriculum offering should be developed and all private schools made to follow it to ensure uniform standard. Private investors should be encouraged to expand to rural areas to avoid overcrowding in the cities.