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STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION AGENCY IN ENUGU STATE

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the strategies for effective management of adult education agency in Enugu-State. Six specific purposes, each with corresponding research questions, were posed and six hypotheses postulated. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study is 828. A sample of 508 was purposively drawn for the study. The instrument for data collection was a 24 item structured questionnaire tagged Strategies for Effective Adult Education Agency Management Questionnaire (SEAEAMQ), modeled on a four point rating options as follows: very appropriate (VA), appropriate (A), inappropriate (IA), very inappropriate (VI). The instrument was validated by three experts; two from Adult Education Department and one from the Department of Education Foundation. The grand reliability co-efficient of .896 was obtained.
Data collected was analyzed using mean, standard deviation and T-test. The findings of the study revealed that for management strategies in adult education agency in Enugu State to be effective, funding strategies should include: government at federal and state levels dedicating at least 3 percent of their education budget to adult education; NGOs in the community should assist in funding adult education in form of cash, facilities and supplies. The findings further revealed among others that experts in adult education should be involved in planning the programmes. The findings also revealed that motivational strategies for management of adult education agency should include: the state agency to pay facilitator stipends equivalent to their counterparts in primary and secondary schools as stipulated in international adult literacy benchmark; the state agency should provide adequate infrastructural facilities in adult education centres. The data analyzed revealed among others that in staff retention strategies, the state agency should organize workshops seminars and conference regularly for coordinators, facilitators and other staff members. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that government should provide allowances for the supervisors.
Moreover, the evaluation strategies among others for management of adult education agency, the programme monitoring teams should usually visit adult education personnel regularly to evaluate their performances.