Administration of Basic Education for Good Governance in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects

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.

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