Teachers perception on teaching large classes in Nigerian secondary schools: Implications for qualitative educational planning
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2007 Conference, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Among the problems facing the Nigeria educational system is large and poorly resourced classes. This has become a reality that educators must see as a challenge and must face squarely. The social -demand for formal education in Nigeria resulted into an upsurge increase in school enrolment with a dramatic increase in class size thereby resulting into high teacher – pupil rates (Onwu, 1998)Kolo& Ojo 2005),Ijaiya, 1999). Class size is a big factor in determining the attainment of educational goals and objectives. The recommended students population in a single classroom should not exceed 1: 30 or at most a maximum of 35(teacher: student ratio; 1:35) (UNESCO, 2000, FGN, 2006).In view of this principle which is generally affirmed by many people, one might expect strict adherence to this. But statistics from Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education shows that as at 1994, there were 360,782 teachers and 18,296,202 pupil (teacher- pupil ratio of about 1:50) in 39,221 primary schools. Likewise public secondary schools experienced this upsurge. As at 2005, students’ enrolment in Nigeria public secondary schools were 5, 422,611 and 122,477 teachers given teacher – pupil ratio of about 1: 45. And this keeps escalating annually.
Akinsolu A.O and Fadokun J.B
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2007
Nigeria education Secondary school Teaching Tearcher education