Public Private Partnership As An Imperative In Nigerian Education

Author: 
Hafsatu Abdullahi Umar and Babalola Victor Tubosun

One of the major challenges which Nigeria had to contend with in her rapid bid for development using education as a catalyst is inadequate education funding. In this regard, the paper examines public private partnership (PPP) as an imperative in Nigerian education. The researchers employed descriptive survey design, using primary and secondary sources of data. Observation and multidisciplinary approach were used simultaneously as instruments of primary and secondary data collection respectively. The paper was anchored with theoretical frame-work of system theory. An open system model was used to conceptualize the symbiotic relationship between the school system and PPP as a component of the school environment. A scholar in the secondary source of data collected affirms that the failure of the federal government to implement 26% of the national budget recommended for education internationally is responsible for underfunding problem experiencing in Nigerian education. It was also discovered that the said problem of under-funding shows its ugly faces in term of, shortage of teachers, inadequate infrastructural facilities, inadequate instructional materials, poor quality control, and a host of others in Nigerian schools. These challenges of Nigerian education perhaps conglomerated into poor students’ academic performance in Nigerian schools and finally reflected negatively in form of poor goods and services in the national economy. Thus, education becomes an expensive social service for the government to bear alone. PPP intervention is hereby recommended as a tool in solving the numerous challenges facing the Nigerian education system.

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