Beyond the Rhetoric of Educational Policy in Nigeria: Understanding the State Actors Neglect on Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Kingsley E. Okoye Social Science Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Christopher N. Ibenwa Social Science Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Ezinwanne Ekekwe Social Science Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/jicd-2021-0007

Keywords:

Educational policy, State actors, COVID-19 pandemic, Lockdown, Education sector

Abstract

Different educational policies established in Africa as well as the Nigerian 2013 National Policy on Education (NPE) as revised has clearly shown that education is the key to human life. As such, it should be given to every citizens of the country especially those in the lower basic classes. Contrary to this statement, Nigerian governments in the first phase of easing the lockdown have failed to incorporate the policy blue print in its words, deeds and actions. This neglect manifested in the lifting of bans on church closures, inter-state movements, operation of other non essential businesses at the expense of education in the country. This is a cross-sectional study aimed at examining the State actors’ neglect on education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results showed that Nigerian governments at different levels (national and sub-national) treat education with disparity, contempt, and levity. Unnecessary value placed on frivolities was observed as a factor militating against education in the country.

 

Received: 2 January 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021

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Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Okoye, K. E. ., Ibenwa, C. N. ., & Ekekwe, E. . (2021). Beyond the Rhetoric of Educational Policy in Nigeria: Understanding the State Actors Neglect on Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of International Cooperation and Development, 4(1), 117. https://doi.org/10.36941/jicd-2021-0007

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