TEACHERS’ PERCEPTION OF SUPERVISORS’ ROLES IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN MINNA EDUCATION ZONE, NIGER STATE.
This study investigated ‘Teachers’ Perception of Supervisors’ Roles in Primary Schools in Minna Education Zone, Niger State.’ Six research questions answered using Mean and SD and three null hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance using t-test statistic and ANOVA guided the study. Population of the study was 8,087 primary school teachers in the 764 public primary schools in the zone. The sample was 404 teachers drawn though multi-stage sampling technique. The study adopted descriptive survey design. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire developed by the researcher and was validated by three experts from the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Main findings of the study revealed, among others, that supervision in primary schools is perceived by teachers as one of the ways of improving the quality of primary education and facilitating the achievement of school goals and objectives. Supervision makes teachers sit up and be more committed to their duties thereby making them more effective and efficient. There was no significant difference in the mean ratings of male and female teachers in the study area on their perception of supervision. Major implication of the findings is that quality of primary education in the zone will highly be enhanced if the supervisors carry out their supervisory functions diligently. The researcher therefore recommended that though supervision in primary schools in the zone is regular, it should be more regular in order to keep enhancing teachers’ performance. Supervisors should allow clinical supervision and human relations theories to come into play while interacting with teachers during supervision. These would in turn translate into effective and qualitative teaching which will ultimately benefit the pupils and result into better academic performance of the schools.