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Scirj Volume VI, Issue IX, September 2018 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

EFFECTS OF SCHOOL FEES ABOLITION ON SCIENCE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SECONDARY IN NASARAWA STATE, NIGERIA

Musa W. O., Yakubu A. N; Ashiki G. M; Audu J. Agnes, Agabi .J. Y.

Abstract: The Nasarawa State Government in 2014 abolished school fees in all public secondary schools in the state. This initiative was viewed overall as a positive development by various stakeholders including parents, principals and teachers as it was seen as a form of financial relieve to parents. Minimal research has been done on how the policy has affected schools with different social and political characteristics. This study aims at looking at how those impact influence the academic performance at those schools. From this information, the research determines whether or not the educational quality of secondary schools has suffered under the policy of school fees abolition. The research design targets 12 senior and junior secondary schools and three area inspectorate offices in Nasarawa Eggon, Akwanga and Wamba local government areas. The study used questionnaire and verbal interviewed to collect primary data from the study area. Data collected were analysed statistically. 66% respondents recognized increased enrolment as a positive consequence of free schooling. Most respondents also observed the free schooling has worsened the quality and efficiency of schooling in Nasarawa State. As an average of 75% of the respondent disagreed with the policy because students performance and achievement in class dropped. An average of 96% of the stakeholders suggested that the policy should not be sustained because the quality of secondary education was compromised.

Reference this Paper: EFFECTS OF SCHOOL FEES ABOLITION ON SCIENCE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SECONDARY IN NASARAWA STATE, NIGERIA by Musa W. O., Yakubu A. N; Ashiki G. M; Audu J. Agnes, Agabi .J. Y. published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VI, Issue IX, September 2018 Edition, Page 53-77 ".

Search Terms: Fees Abolition Policy, Public Secondary Schools, Quality of Science Education

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