A Comparative Study Of Costs And Benefits Of Public Secondary Education In Education District V Senior Secondary Schools
The purpose of this study is to analyze the cost and benefits of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State with a view to determining the economic profitability. The primary source of data collected was mainly the use of a structured questionnaire which was designed to elicit information on a comparative study of costs and benefits in the public and private sectors of education district v senior secondary schools. Data collected will be analyzed using frequency table, percentage and mean score analysis while the nonparametric statistical test (Chi-square) was used to test the formulated hypothesis using SPSS (statistical package for social sciences). The study was conducted in some selected secondary schools in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. A total of 134 respondents were selected from the population figure out of which the sample size was determined. There is no significant difference in the private benefit of educating the male and the female students in secondary education. There are no significant differences between the private return to secondary education and the social returns. The study will provide an insight for government, school authorities and education managers to encourage individual to consider secondary education as a preparatory stage to higher education and not a terminal course. Efforts should be made at improving infrastructural facilities in public schools through an integrated program of renovation reconstruction and maintenance of existing school facilities.
1.1 Background to the Study
The concept of education as a productive investment in human skills, knowledge, and capabilities has been in the literature since the first evaluative studies about fifty years ago. Education and secondary education in particular has been increasingly recognized to play a crucial role in the growth of national income individual earnings, political, technological and social development of any nation.
In today’s globalized and knowledge based economy, greater value and higher priority are placed on the production and distribution of knowledge as the prerequisite for economic growth and development. Education generally is the major source of providing and increasing the human capital needed for the knowledge production. Education has been defined in various form by different scholars. Omokhodion and Dosunmu (2000) define education as deliberate and directional human endeavour which can lead to the provision of positive learning experiences. They also stressed that experience gained by the learner from the input of education prepares him to be useful to both the society and themselves.
Olaniyonu, Adekoya and Gbenu (2008) sees education as a continuous process in life. It begins from one’s birth to death. It starts from homes and continues even after school to adulthood.
According to Adeyinka and Kayode (1996) the general purpose of education is to enable the individual to fix himself up in the society unto which he has been born to live, to enable him explore the world and find his own place in it, to enable him develop his potentials to the full so that he could acquire knowledge and training in a profession and so earn a good living.
In Nigeria, the broad aims of secondary education as contained in the National Policy on Education are preparation for useful living within the society, and preparation for higher education. (Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004).
Secondary education is a form of education which is very important and essential in Nigeria. Without this education, it is impossible to acquire higher education in Nigeria.
Education is believed to have economic value which is enhanced by a well educated, highly skilled and qualified workforce. For these reasons, governments all over the world including the Nigerian government are providing more education to its citizens either free or at highly subsided rates. This investment is comprised of the direct costs of education and the earnings foregone while the individual is in school.
The provision for education particularly secondary education either by the government or by the individual parents involve huge financial resources. These financial investments in secondary education particularly by the government reflects commitment and the importance attached to education compared with other spending priorities such as health, agriculture, defence etc which is usually determined by the proportion of government budget in relation to the Gross Domestic Product.
The socio economic rationale for providing secondary education especially in developing countries is the Cost Benefit Analysis of the investment in secondary education. Generally, given limited investible funds, cost Benefit Analysis is the method of evaluating the growth / net economic impact of public projects involving public expenditure. It is founded in the concept of rationality in that it involves rational decision making that weighs the pros and cons of any chosen option based on the clearly stated objective, economic value of the project and ranks alternative investments in term of their objective functions (profits, social benefits etc) and then considers investments that will yield optimum results. Hence, the purpose of Cost Benefit Analysis is to determine whether a project is desirable from the social welfare point of view by determining the financial feasibility and economic performance of projects. This serves as the basis for justification of the investments.
Also, cost Benefit Analysis as an investment appraisal method is a marginal analysis which provides the conceptual framework for examining the costs and the benefits of investment in terms of how, when and where the project/ activity should be carried out.
With regards to educational investments, Cost Benefit Analysis emphasizes the importance of determining the viability of any investment before it is made. It is widely acknowledged that, in the education sector, particularly secondary education, investment decisions as to the amount and type of education to demand and invest in, is taken either by the individuals parents, government or the society at large.
Every of these levels in the matrix considers their own costs and benefits as a prelude to opting in or out of the venture. Since education particularly secondary education is of great economic significance to governments and their citizens, with limited available resources at the disposal of policy makers in the education industry and with investment decisions to be made by both the individuals and governments, it is necessary that efforts should be made to find out the yield or benefits derivable from investments in secondary education. It is against this background that this study intend to analyze costs and benefits of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State with a view to determining the economic profitability.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
Secondary education in Nigeria is very important because without it one cannot further his or her education. The government both at federal and state levels are investing huge sums of money into this type of education with the hope that it will benefit its citizens and the economy so also is the private individuals. On the other hand, parents and the individuals are increasingly demanding for more of this type of education with the aim of creating a prosperous family in the future. Hence the place of education as a profitable investment cannot be over estimated. It is therefore necessary to find out the profits that are expected from investment in secondary education. This study is expected to find out the extent to which the social cost of secondary education varies with the social benefits and the extent to which private cost of secondary educations varies with the private benefits.
The study therefore is an attempt in answering the following questions.
- How can the investment in secondary education be justified?
- Will the social benefits for secondary education increase with the increase in social cost?
- Will the private benefits of secondary education increase with increase in private costs?
1.3 Purpose of the Study
The purpose of the study was to:
- Examine the extent to which the social cost of secondary education in education District V of Lagos State Vary with their private costs.
- Examine the extent to which the social benefits of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos state vary with their private benefits.
- Compare the costs and benefits of educating the male and female students in secondary schools in Education District V of Lagos State.
- Examine the extent to which the private return to secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State vary with the social returns.
1.4 Research Questions
The following are the research questions for this study.
- Is there any significant difference between the social costs and private costs of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State.
- Is there any significant difference between the social benefits and private benefits of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State?
- Is there any significant difference in the private cost of educating the male and the female students in secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State.
- Is there any significant difference in the private benefit of educating the male and the female students in secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State?
1.5 Research Hypotheses
The following hypotheses served as guide for this study
- There is no significant difference between the social costs and private costs of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State.
- There is no significant difference between the social benefits and private benefits of secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State.
- There is no significant difference in the private cost of educating the male and female students in secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State
- There is no significant difference in the private benefits of educating the male and the female students in secondary education in Education District V of Lagos State.
1.6 Significance of the Study
The study will provide an insight for government, school authorities and education managers to encourage individual to consider secondary education as a preparatory stage to higher education and not a terminal course.
The study will encourage government (Federal and State) to ensure adequate funding of secondary education.
The study will encourage policy makers to make policy decisions with regards to teacher cost per student as the importance of this direct social component cannot be over estimated.
Furthermore, the study will encourage the government on the use of cost benefit analysis as an investment appraisal tool in our education system as this can provide the needed signal to direction of resources allocation.
1.7 Scope of the Study
This study was limited in scope to randomly selected public senior secondary schools in Education district V of Lagos State this study did not extend to ministry of Education. This study investigated the cost of secondary education in selected public senior secondary schools in Education District V of Lagos State. This study did not consider privately owned secondary schools in Education District V of Lagos State.
This study also investigated the benefit /returns to investment in secondary education in the public and private sectors of education District V of Lagos State using the age education earnings profile of workers with secondary school qualification.
1.8 Limitation of the Study
The study was limited by the difficulty of obtaining accurate data on the cost of secondary education especially the social cost as most of the Administrator of the schools were not able to release all needed information for fear of being probed. The students on the other hard, were not able to state accurately the private cost of their education.
1.9 Operational Definition of Terms
Operational definition of terms used in this study were as follow:
All positive outcomes of consequence (quantifiable and non quantifiable) that result from actions of secondary education.
The value of resources that are used up to develop implement and operate the secondary education programme being analyzed.
Cost Benefit Analysis:
The relationship between the cost of investing in secondary education and the value of the benefit that results from secondary education.
Direct Private Costs:
All costs incurred by the individual or their parents on educational expenses e.g school fees poaches of book etc.
Indirect Private Costs:
Income foregone (opportunity cost) after tax by the individual while studying on full time basis. Director social costs. All costs incurred by the government in providing secondary education to its citizens. For example teaching and non-teaching staff salaries and allowances, expenditures on stationeries etc.
Indirect Returns / Benefits:
All quantifiable and non-quantifiable rewards accruable to school certificate holders..
Social Returns / Benefits:
All quantifiable and non quantifiable rewards accruable to the society were school certificate holder reside and works.
Capital committed into acquiring secondary education with a view to profiting later.
The type of education acquired by individual after successful completing the primary school education.
Age – earning Profile:
Stream of income over the working life time of the individual.
Extra quantifiable years spent by secondary school certificate holders before leaving the school.
A measure of economic efficiency which shows how inputs in secondary education are being converted into output.
opportunity costs of employment to the individual who chose to engage in an educational endeavor.
Gross Domestic Product:
Total Value of all goods and services produced in a country in a particular year.
Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation
The research work is on the topic: “ a comparative study of costs and benefits of public secondary education in education district v senior secondary schools” which was conducted in some selected secondary schools in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The purpose of this research has been to find out or to compare the public and privates secondary schools and to see why some parents or guardians preferred to enroll their children/wards in the private schools rather than the public schools. The research also focused on factors responsible for the poor performance in both the two schools. Such factors are: the differences in curriculum which it was affirmed that the government should try and make the curriculum the same so that both schools can have the same out-put, funding is another problem that the private schools are facing because they don’t sometimes collects support from the government like the public school which the sponsorship is directly from their government, unseriousness from the teachers to the 36students which always results to poor performance academically, the government also needs to produce good materials that is up-to-date materials that the staff and students can used for their research work. The researcher gathered information through the use of written questionnaire, interview, and also used his personal library, internet sources, and the data was presented and analyze by used of tables. The researcher concluded by making a conclusion, with some recommendation and possible solutions.
This work has made the comparison of public and private secondary school and by providing the reasons why some parents preferred to enroll their children/wards in the private school rather than the public school.
On the basis of the research findings, the following recommendations were made:
- Government should maintain the standard of academic performance by employing qualified and professional teachers to teach in our secondary schools.
- Government should make effort to emulate the management and supervision system of developed countries who designed quality activity and requirements that are consistent with the ever changing intellectual, social and physical development of the 37child. Subsidies should be provided through a voucher system to allow more wiling parents to send their children to private schools, and that will make learning more comfortable to students, by also improving the availability of facilities needed in the schools and its structure. And they should also give grant if possible to students for motivation such as scholarship.
- Government should increase more technical schools among others, as a means of encouraging students to make a right choice of their career based on their ability and area of specialization.
- Government should make the curriculum of public and private school the same. The curriculum implementation should be targeted and student-specific schools. Public schools managers are encouraged to learn from the best practices of private secondary schools such an attractive option for both students and parents. A more transparent financial system should be put in place at public schools leading to greater efficiency in resources utilization.
- The goal of public school education should be diversified to cater for non-academic outcomes such as good social skills, good morals and possession of technical skills. Private schools should be encouraged to maintain their level of excellence through better system of control and regulation.
- Public schools should be encouraged to organize their activities more effectively around academic achievement objectives in order to improve performance. Efforts should be made at improving infrastructural facilities in public schools through an integrated program of renovation reconstruction and maintenance of existing school facilities. A decongestion program should be undertaken through construction of new schools and expansion of existing schools in areas where enrolment outweighs available facilities.
- Teachers should be faithful in performing and carrying out their responsibilities as expected, and they should also be good models, by living an exemplary life to students, worthy of emulation.
- Teachers need to be flexible toward the students, so that they can interact freely with them.
- Parents should make sure they carry out their responsibilities toward their children by providing their school fees and other school materials.
- Parents should contribute their quarter to the success of their children in secondary schools, through Parents Teachers Association (P.T.A) meetings, by a way of co-operating with staff and given advice on how to control and discipline the students.
- Students should be serious and dedicated to their studies for future career. They should not involve themselves in some dubious acts such as drug abuse, following bad companies.
- Students should be careful not to cause damage of some school facilities and equipments that are useful to them and others to come.
- Schools be located in areas that they will be easily accessible to students since some students are far from where they attend schools.
- Creative activities need to be emphasis to create opportunities for students to be creative.
- In-service training for teachers should be encouraged and be given the opportunity for them.
- Good remuneration for teachers and their welfare will be of help.
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