Managing Universal Basic Education for Breaking Poverty Circle in Nigeria
The study investigated managing universal basic education for breaking poverty circle in South-west geo-political zone, Nigeria. The objectives of this study is to determine the relationship between free school feeding, free uniforms, quality learning environment and breaking poverty circle in South-west geo-political zone public primary schools. To achieve this, three hypotheses were formulated and tested. Quantitative research design was used for the study. A self-constructed questionnaire title “Managing Education for Breaking Poverty Circle Questionnaire” (MEBPCQ) was used to collect information for the study. The data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation statistic. All hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The results revealed that there was a positive and significant relationship between free school feeding, free uniforms, quality learning environment and breaking poverty circle in public primary schools in South-west geo-political zone, Nigeria. It was recommended that there is need for all tiers of government to devote a greater part of resources to education by giving free feeding to pupils in basic education in order to improve nutritional intake of children school age towards learning, government should also continue provide adequate free school uniforms in order to have higher enrolment of children in schools, reduces school absenteeism as well as eliminating gap between pupils of different background. Furthermore, government should also create enabling quality learning environment in school such as well-ventilated classrooms, electricity, water, good road and the likes in order to encourage learning by doing and increase interest in learning, encourage social relationship, gives room for academic achievement and success, building confidence in pupils as well as lower absenteeism and dropout rate which in turn breaking poverty circle in south-west geo-political zone, Nigeria.