This project work is aimed at investigating the factors
responsible for the functioning of continuing education centres in Oredo Local
Government Area of Edo state. The study will also find possible solutions to
the problems. Questionnaire was the major instrument used to collect data from
the respondents. At the end of the investigation the researcher came out with
the following conclusion:
1. That continuing education centres are
privately owned by people hence the students have to pay for the services
2. The centres are meeting the needs and
aspirations of its participants because the instructors are enough, qualified
and experienced though they work on part-time basis.
3. The method of instruction consists of
lectures and discussions.
4. Adequate learning facilities are
lacking in the centres e.g. library and laboratories.
5. Because most centres are
non-residential they lack some basic amenities like water and light in essence,
the problem facing the centers include poor funding, lack of accommodation,
inadequate equipment, poor library facilities and poor laboratory facilities.
Based on the conclusion, the following recommendations among others were made;
1. Adequate finance should be made
available to the centres in form of aid from government so as to reduce the
fees being paid by students.
Background of study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of study
Objective of the study
Significance of the study
Scope of the study
Limitation of study
Definition of terms
Research Design and Methodology
Sample and sampling method
Problems encountered during the project
Method of data collection
Suggestion and further research
Education is said to a life-long process. It is also defined as the training we
give to the mind so as to develop mentally, spiritually, physically, morally
and socially so as to be useful to the society in which we live. Education in
essence is the transmission of cultural heritage.
The process of transmission of cultural heritage and the acquisition of these
knowledge and values in the traditional African setting and Nigeria in
particular was through the informal method. However, the arrival of our
colonial masters gave rise to the formal type of education. This led to the
establishment of schools where formal learning takes place. The consequences of
these schools came the influx of children from various background into schools.
The situation was compounded when in 1956, the Action group, a political party
in control of the western region introduced its free education policy.
This development led to an increase in school in-take while at the same time,
the infrastructures could no longer cope with the population increase, and
there was also an acute shortage of teaching personnel. The resultant effect
was the drop in the standard of education. Many students became drop-outs and
invariably, there was need to cater for this group of youth in our society.
Parents and guardians started looking for alternative ways through which they
can help their wards out of this dilemma. Perhaps the whole concept of
continuing education gained impetus as a result of this school problem.
BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Presently, there has been a gradual growth in the number of continuing
education centres in Oredo Local Government. By the same token, these centres
have also witnessed an increase in student’s enrolment. In most cases some of
these centres are beginning to function as regular institution that one is at a
lost whether the name “continuing education centres” can rightly be used for
them. But one thing that has become glaring is that these centres are gradually
becoming centres for in major examination especially those examinations that
leads to university admission.
This rather ugly off-short
of continuing education centres has in the past few years attracted a lot of
public opinion as to the geniuses of the teaching and learning process that
goes on in this centres. Perhaps, as this writer believes, there is a missing
link somewhere between what goes on in these centres and the larger public.
Thus, to fill in the missing link, the writer has chosen this topic in a bid to
research into the factors affecting the functioning of continuing education
centres. However, since Oredo Local Government has a good number of such
centres, the writer has decided to use it as a case study.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
There has been little or no progress in continuing education centres especially
in the area of qualified learning, facilitators, equipments, obtaining finance
and adequate facilities.
Teachers constitute an important aspect of every education system. Therefore,
the fullest problems to be investigated include:
Are there enough qualified teachers in the continuing education centres?
Do the centres have enough classrooms for learning?
Do the curriculum of the literacy and vocational centres meet the needs of the
Has the government made available adequate funds to run the centres?
To what extent has the prevailing economic climate affected the functioning of
continuing education centres in Oredo Local Government Area?
These are the problems being
looked into in the study and also to suggest possible solutions to them.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of the study is to
investigate the factors affecting the functioning of continuing education
centres in Oredo Local Government Area know the extent to which the programme
has been retained, identify problems of drop-outs occasioned by irrelevant
curriculum, obtaining finance, adequate facilities, to suggest ways of solving
the problems outlined above.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The study provides an insight into the programme in Oredo Local Government Area
of Edo state on the factors affecting the functioning of continuing education
centres. The findings are likely to enable the government re-schedule the
implementation strategy of the programme. The result of the study should
enlighten adults and adult educators of the reliance and practical value of
continuing education to the society. The study would find out how learners
acquire vocational and illiteracy skills. The findings are likely to enable
government take cognizance of the need to properly defined and design the
curriculum of continuing education programme in addition, various bodies such
as the universities and the Nigerian National Council for adult education will
benefit from this research study and thus, intensity efforts to expand their
programme in pursuance of these objectives.
To solve the problems raised above, the following questions will be addressed
in the study.
Is the curriculum of continuing education centres relevant to the need of the
What funds are available for the functioning education centres?
What educational facilities and equipment are available for the successful
literacy and vocational centres in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo state?
Does the centre provide hostel accommodation?
Are all tutors university graduates?
In this study the factors affecting the functioning of continuing education
centre in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo state is being traced. It has been
assumed that such centres are opened to cater for the inadequacies in the
educational achievements of its participant. Also, there are some factors that
militate against the functioning of these continuing education centres, such
Lack of funds
Inadequate teaching personnel
influence of peer group
The following terms used in this study are defined below for the purpose of
Curriculum: It refers to the content of what is taught to the learners.
Facilitators: It refers to the teachers in adult education settings; the adult
learners are matured, independent, being capable of deciding on what to learn
and how to learn. Hence we say adult educators are facilitators because they
assist adults to learn.
Literacy: This means the ability to read and write.
Occupation: It means any job or work done from which the people derive their
means of livelihood.
Pupil: This is any person or any age for which knowledge is provided by
way of regular instruction.
Vocational skills: It refers to practical knowledge on how to manipulate and
or design a useful object.
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