Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2019)
The need to review UBE act (2004) on funding structure and community participation to enhance effective implementation in a depressed economy
Author(s): Appolus Azunwanne Amaechi, Felicia Oganeze Mbata
Abstract: Universal primary education has been a stated priority of every Nigerian government since its introduction in the seventies. The actual commitment of the different governments to the scheme, however, has varied substantially. The economic problems encountered have also contributed to the difficulties experienced in its implementation. Successful implementation will depend on the availability of adequate resources, the sharing of responsibility amongst different levels of government, greater community and student participation. Nigeria’s “National Policy on Education,” published in 1977 was revised in 1981, 1990, 1998, 2004, and 2013 respectively. The policy document has been revised to ensure that the policies address the perceived needs of the government in power and to try to ensure that the education sector is supportive of government development goals. Following recent economic down-turn in Nigeria, Researchers, through this paper examines the concepts of funding structure, community participation and UBE Act (2004). The paper concludes that UBEC should initiate the process for the UBE Act to be reviewed to include among others things, that federal government should deduct at source State’s counterpart funds for UBE, so as to ensure that basic education system meets the needs of her citizens in relation to funding vis-à-vis effective implementation in a new economic dispensation.