Delivery of the 185th Inaugural Lecture series of the University of Benin, Benin City, at the Akin Deko Auditorium Ugbowo Campus, on 30th March 2017.
Present at the event were the Vice- Chancellor of the university, Prof F.F.O Orumwense ,DVC Academic Prof E.P Iribhogbe,DVC Administration Prof. Ehirobo, the school Liberian Dr Evelyn Idiodi , Deans, Directors, Professors , Emeritus Professors and
top government functionaries.
The lecture which witnessed an unprecedented attendance had the Topic : “ A Square Peg In a Round Hole:Redressing The Anomalies In Educational Administration in Nigeria. Delivering the lecture was Prof. (mrs) Bridget Ogheneakpobo Ogonor , professor of Educational Administration. With her research findings and interactions with both trainees and educational administrators for the past 27 years reveaedl that numerous challenges in the educational system arose from faulty or non implementation of the well articulated policy of the administration of the education in Nigeria by the federal government. She said that with her humble effort, it indicates that the numerous issues that bedevil the administration of education in Nigeria can be addressed if the well articulated government policy on education are properly effective. She added that an efficient educational system where the products would be self –reliant and contribute positively to national development could thus be realised.
According to her, education refines a man to become useful to himself and the society. It is a potent tools for national development overtime and it has been identified as a very important instrument that can be used to attain the desired goal of a society
She said educational delivery is a complex and dynamic process that requires huge investment, co-operation and the contribution of all stake holders. In this lecture, education is conceptualized as the process humans undergo to function adequately in their environment, and be useful to themselves and relevant to their society where they live, through space and time, and the interlink between education and society cannot be overemphasized as the education that is obtained in a society is determined by the nature of that particular society. And the society itself is a product of the education acquired by the citizenry.
Redressing this is a continuous process of effort targeted at repairing, altering, correcting and modifying the identified segment of the social system and supra system that indicate symptoms of weakness or failure that culminate in the attainment of the intended goal.
She further said that the anomalies are key concept of her lecture. This implies identified areas of weakness, loop holes, failure that indicates deviation from the expected, which needs correction. Quality control in an organization is the key to ensuring that the massive resources invested in the production process yield the desire outcome. In the educational sector, government inspectors and divisions at the state and federal levels need to compliment the institutional heads in the performance of this important function.
However, school inspectors had been criticized for their adequacy to assist classroom teachers to improve their performance.
Finally, she said education has been purposefully administered and utilized in many advanced nation as an instrument for development. In Nigeria, the federal government adequately articulates how education should be administered to enhance national development in the national policy on education( the round hole in the title of this lecture ). But , the implementation of the national policy on education in Nigeria is riddle with:
- insufficient participation and involvement of the communities, of the communities at the level in the administration of the school;
- gap in communication between the stakeholders of education at all levels of policy formulation and implementation
- inadequate motivation of the teaching personnel to attract and substain them on the job.
The listed problems gave rise to the challenges of poor infrastructure facilities in schools , lack of synegy among the stakeholders of the education industry in the review and imlimentation of policy, application of improper technology in the production process culminating in the prevalence of anti social activities such as cultism,indicipline, examination malpractice etc. among staff and students. In view of this anomalies in the processing, in the educational system, the output tend to be at variance with the desired outcome.