By Dr Micheal Ekpenyong Asuquo & Dr Aniefiok Edet
Around the globe, education has been regarded as the instrument par excellence for the development of individual, a country and for good governance. For the contemporary society to be developed and maintained democracy devoid of rancour, the necessary moral conduct (norms, ethical values, moral values, civic obligations and the rights of the citizens) needs to be inculcated in the young people who are the future leaders. At Basic Education level, elements of good governance and anti corruption practices are being imparted into the learners. Basic Education is the cradle for the development of the total person to be knowledgeable, useful, skillful, entrepreneurially oriented, employable, relevant and patriotic as well as being productive to himself or herself and to the nation in general. Teaching of transparency, equity, cooperative tendency, values for political participation and accountability to control corruption, are crucial functions of Basic Education. This article therefore focused on the historical perspective of Basic Education, the conceptual definitions of Basic Education, objectives of Basic Education, conceptual clarifications of administration, administration of Basic Education, challenges in the administration of Basic Education and prospects of Basic Education. Conclusion was drawn and some recommendations were made.