MAKING EDUCATION SERVICES WORK FOR RURAL POPULATION: A CASE STUDY OF EGBEDORE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.

Abstract

Author(s): Dr. M. A. ADELABU

This paper is premised on the fact that learning usually occurs both inside and outside the school. The objectives of the paper is to find out whether students in the rural areas are ready to reinforce and complement their formal education with skill training and also to identify the areas of school community partnership in students’ vocational and skill oriented interest. Literature agrees generally that education of the rural community should take cognizance of the rural environment of the students and should be such that will sustain them in the absence of white collar jobs. The study took place in Egbedore Local Government Area which is one of the Local Government Areas in Osun State. Four sets of questionnaires were designed for the four target groups in the population. These are teachers, parents, students and the policymakers. The questionnaire was supported by a secondary data collected from the Federal Ministry of Education, State Ministry of Information, and the Local Government Authority. Results showed that generally all stakeholders are opposed to a separate ruralized curriculum for the schools. They all however, agreed for alternative complementary education inform of extra curricular activities which is expected to complement the regular uniform Nigerian school curriculum. On this issue the stakeholders generally agreed that the community can be made a teaching and learning laboratory for vocational and technical skills of the students. The study concluded that if at all there is to be a change in the rural curriculum it should cut across both rural and urban and this in itself will become a policy issue.

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