Conflict Management and Resolution in Nigerian Primary Schools: The Role of the Headteacher

Dr G. O. Edu & Dr M. U. Chukwurah


The school is a complex organization and its environment made up of a heterogeneous population. Different groups in the population have conflicting needs seeking for attention. If not well managed and resolved, properties, lives and academic hours of unimaginable magnitude may be lost. The Headteacher is the primary conflict manager. His/her knowledge on the strategies for management of conflicts is a necessity for a conducive work environment towards the effective attainment of educational objectives at the primary level of education. This paper x-rays the current state of conflict management, the consequent effects and proffers strategies for effective resolution of conflicts by Headteachers at the primary school for attainment of educational goals.

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