Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling

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Human resource management practices in public and private primary schools in Ilorin metropolis of Kwara State, Nigeria

AY Abdulkareem


The need to comparatively analyse the human resource management practices between public and private schools prompted the study that is reported in this paper. The study was conducted in 10 public and 10 private primary schools randomly selected in Ilorin Metropolis of Kwara State. Two hundred respondents, randomly selected in the schools supplied the data sought in a researcher-designed and validated questionnaire, tagged "Human Resource Management in Schools Questionnaire" (HRMISQ). The instrument had a reliability coefficient of .86. The hypotheses formulated were tested at .05 significance level, using t-test statistical analysis. The results, among others, showed that private schools generally better managed their human resources than the public ones. Hence, it was recommended that there should be standard guidelines for operators of schools while human resource managers in the school system should be groomed in managerial psychology.

The Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling Vol. 8 (1) 2002: pp. 194-206

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