Publisher: African Studies Association

Perceptions of Unequal Access To Primary and Secondary Education: Findings From Nigeria

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Dennis W. Sunal, Ruqayyatu Rufai, Ahmed Inuwa, Mary E. Haas
KEYWORDS: Perceptions of Unequal Access to Primary and Secondary Education: Findings from Nigeria

ABSTRACT:

Nigerian parents and teachers were interviewed with the purpose of understanding how ordinary citizens view the unequal participation in education in Nigeria. Several areas of concern were identified in relation to participation in schooling such as its financial cost to families, the perceived limited value of education in adulthood, and the low quality of instruction. The interviewees acknowledged the continuing unequal participation of some groups and gave some reasons for their exclusion, though they did not seek to justify it. Specific policy suggestions are made for increasing participation in schooling by all children and for improving the quality of schooling.




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