Volume 12, Issue 2, 2024

Functional Education: Panacea to Poverty Eradication.

Rebecca Adenike AFOLABI


Functional education produced qualitative manpower. The educational system of any nation determines the type, nature and caliber of manpower to be produced. Functional education is a leveler of opportunities. The paper examined functional education as panacea to poverty eradication in Ogbomoso Metropolis in Oyo State. The study adopted the descriptive survey research. The population consists of all public secondary schools in Ogbomoso Metropolis in Oyo State. There are eighty six (86) and two thousand one hundred and fifty (2,150) teachers in Ogbomoso Metropolis public secondary schools. Simple random sampling technique was used to select twenty two (22) public secondary schools. Also, Simple random sampling was used to select four hundred and thirty (430) teachers from the selected schools. The instrument used for this study was titled “Assessment of Functionality of Educational System Questionnaire (FESQ)”. Validity was done by the experts in the field of Evaluation and Educational Management. The reliability of the instrument was ascertaining using Chronbach Alpha and reliability Coefficient of 0.73 was obtained. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics like frequent count and percentage. The findings revealed that the present curriculum does not possess any features that can make it functional; the functions of functional education, there are various challenges to functional education in Nigeria and revealed solutions to the challenges of functional education. Based on these findings the paper recommends that; the educational system should be structured to reflect features of functional education, Non- formal skills should be included in school curriculum especially basic education and Government at all levels should show their commitment and political-will to ensuring functional education through its funding, policy making, supervision and monitoring of educational projects and programmes


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