Implementation of basic education policy in Anambra State Secondary Schools for national cohesion and global competitiveness
The study investigated the extent of implementation of basic education policy in Anambra State secondary schools: Towards national cohesion and global competitiveness. It adopted a descriptive survey design. Two research questions guided the study. The population of the study comprised 257 principals and 3,029 junior secondary school teachers in the six education zones in Anambra State. All the principals were used because of their small size while 780 teachers were selected using stratified sampling technique. An instrument constructed by researcher, titled: Basic Education Policy Questionnaire (BEPQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts, two experts from Educational Management and one expert from measurement and evaluation, all from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam campus, Anambra State, Nigeria. The reliability was established using a test re-test method which yielded 0.86 correlations, coefficient using Cronbach Alpha method. Data collected were analysed using mean and standard deviation. The result of data analysis revealed that there is inadequate provision of instructional materials, basic education is not completely free, and there is dearth of teaching personnel. Based on these findings, It was recommended among others that there should be: adequate remuneration and motivation of primary implementers of educational policy and ensuring of adequate fund allocation for education in budget.
Keywords: Basic Education, national cohesion, global competitiveness, policy