Quality Assurance in Primary Education in Nigeria
ASSOC. PROF. BYRON U. MADUEWESI, Ph.D
Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology,
Nwafor Orizu College of Education,
Nsugbe, Anambra State.
DR. JANE A.E. ONYEACHU
Department of Curriculum and Teacher Education,
Abia State University , Uturu
P.O. BOX 04, ABSU, Uturu.
This paper examined quality assurance in primary education in Nigeria. It discussed the concept of quality and quality assurance, objectives of primary education as indicated in National Policy on Education (2004) were enumerated. Activities involved in quality assurance in primary education were highlighted. Problems militating against quality assurance in primary education were discussed such as: inadequate provision of facilities, insufficient provision of instructional materials, not ensuring curriculum relevance. Recommendations were made to include: provision of facilities should be by a combined effort of school administrators, Parent Teachers’ Association, philanthropists and government. Teachers, pupils and government should help in the provision of instructional materials. Conclusions were made.
Education is a tool for national development. Observing this, Onyeachu (2006:51) says: “it is through education that cultural heritages are transferred from generation to generation.” This being the case, there is every need to maintain quality in all levels of our educational system starting from primary level. Primary level of education is very important because it is the foundation level. To that end, FRN (2004) describes primary education as the key to the success or failure of the whole educational system because all other levels are built upon primary level of education. Hence there is need to maintain quality in primary education. This paper is therefore looking into quality assurance in primary education in Nigeria. This will be treated under the following sub-headings: