MANAGING EDUCATION WASTAGE FOR OPTIMAL OUTPUT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ORLU LGA OF IMO STATE
Keywords:Education Wastage, enrolment, dropout and education output
Nigeria as a developing country is unable to manage its educational system effectively and efficiently. This has resulted in the deterioration of school quality especially in the public secondary school system. It has also created internal inefficiency in the form of high failure and drop-outrate.
This study examined managing education wastage for optimal output in the development of public secondary schools in Orlu. Managing education wastage reviewed school enrolment practices, student-teacher ratio and efficient utilization of school resources. The purpose of this study was achieved with the use of research questions and corresponding hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of
significance. The population of the study comprised all the principals and teachers in public secondary schools in Orlu LGA of Imo State which is about 3,630. A sample size of 360 was selected using the Taro Yamane sample formula. Data was collected through a questionnaire titled managing
education wastage for optimal output in the development of public secondary school questionnaire with a reliability co efficient of 0.89. The findings of the study revealed that education wastage is a serious challenge in the development of secondary education Thus; it reduces the size of enrollment
and educational resources for both the individual and the school. Its proper management will propel productive individuals that will boost economic and national development. However, it was recommended that data on enrolment and dropouts should be kept well by the school management to facilitate proper monitoring and evaluation of internal school efficiency. This possibly will increase school efficiency and teachers’ satisfaction.