SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS PERCEPTION ON GIRL CHILD EDUCATION IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
1.1 Background to the Study
Education has become a veritable tool for determining the level of development of any society. It is the instrument for human socio-economic development. Hence government made education a veritable tool for eradication of poverty, hunger and ignorance and for achievement of economic progress and overall improvement of quality of life of the
citizens. In other words, the Federal Government reform agenda for the education system was triggered by the desire to achieve national development through attainment of the goals of Education for All (EFA), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS). The Nigerian education industry has undergone a number of educational reforms. This
ushered in the Universal Basic Education (UBE) scheme. The Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of president Obasanjo launched the Universal Basic Education scheme on September, 30th 1999 (FME 2000, Ada, 2010).
In view of the above, it can be said that Education is a worthy instrument of change. Change to recognize and accept children including the girl-child as assets to their parents, members of their community and the entire society. This is so especially when they are adequately trained or educated.
Statement of Problem
Education is the key to all human resource development that focuses on developing the total person. The basic philosophy of National Policy on Education (FRN, 2004) stipulated that education is a right for all, yet this has remained a dream to be realized, great challenges are that of promoting the girl-child education. A number of factors have been observed by Hyde (1993), Imogie (2010), to him are socio-economic status and cultural issues, others are related to school environment, political and institutional
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