Impact of Education on Social Mobility among Residents in Ilorin Metropolis
AbstractIn many societies of the world today, educational attainment is one of the
most important factors determining the occupational and income level to
which a person can aspire. This fact becomes more relevant in Nigeria in
view of the rapid expansion of educational facilities in the country since the
past three decades. Although on the whole, the illiteracy level in the country
is low, education is still very important in determining a number of social
chances of people in the Nigerian society. The study examined this important
issue - the impact of education on social mobility in the Nigerian society,
with particular emphasis on residents in Ilorin, Kwara State. It found that on
the average, an individual’s educational attainment tend to determine his
occupational choice, income level and life style. The study found that
respondents’ educational attainment was not associated with fathers’
educational level. On the other hand, close relationship were found between
respondents’ educational level and their income as well as social status.
Key Words: Education; Income; Occupation; Social Mobility; Society
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