EVALUATION OF RESOURCE PROVISIONS FOR THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION SCHEME IN KOGI CENTRAL EDUCATION ZONE OF KOGI STATE
This study was carried out to evaluate the resource provision for the Universal Basic Education Scheme in Kogi Central education zone of Kogi State. The research design adopted is survey research design, three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study, Population of the study is 1,333, and the sample size is 1055 teachers and 278 head teachers in the public upper basic school in Kogi central education zone. 18-item questionnaires were administered to 200 respondents, the instrument was validated by three experts, two in education administration and planning and one in measurement and evaluation. The experts examined the instrument and modified it to suit the purpose, the validated instrument was trial tested using 20 respondents which comprised 2 principals and 18 teachers in Ogbadibo Local Government Area which is outside the area of the study, Cronbach alpha technique was used for its analysis to determine the internal consistency of the instrument, this gave the reliability index of 0.75, 0.76, 0.80, 0.85, and 0.79. The overall reliability index result of 0.83 was obtained. This confirmed that the instrument was reliable for the study of Universal Basic Education Scheme in Kogi Central Education Zone. The major findings proved that lack of provision of resources such as finance, personnel and material resources affects the full implementation of UBE and hinders the management of UBE from achieving its set goals and objectives. Based on the findings, the researcher recommended that government should involve the education planners in the planning for Universal Basic Education since they are expert in the planning and designing of the schools, government and school administrators should give priority attention to the provision of learning and teaching resources and government should strengthen the capacity of all the bodies and agencies set up for the production of materials and management of UBE by providing adequate personnel, finance and materials to enable the agencies execute their functions. Also teacher’s salaries and allowances should be paid as at when due to enable them perform their duties effectively and efficiently.