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Catholic Schools and the Interests of the Poor in Nigeria

Igbo, Maria Ugonna Rita; (2020) Catholic Schools and the Interests of the Poor in Nigeria. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the degree to which Catholic schools in Nigeria are serving the interests of the poor. The research design was comparative case study involving triangulation of analysis of vision and mission statements, semi-structured and focused interviews conducted among Catholic dioceses in Lagos, Abuja and Enugu States, Secretary of Catholic education in Nigeria, Principals of Catholic schools, four administrative staff, some teachers, some senior students, and four public, professional and political observers, some parents and critics of Catholic schooling in Nigeria. The study was anchored on Liberation Theology - an attempt to liberate the poor from cycle of poverty through provision of affordable education. To liberate the poor begins with creating access to education and then, a voice, thus, possessing a sense of agency, to be able to speak for themselves. The multi-methods approach was used in answering the three research questions. Data were analysed using NVivo – ‘Computerassisted qualitative data analysis software’ (CAQDAS). Scholarships are offered by Schools A, 5%; B, 14%, C, 10% of the students on enrolment. The schools admit through entrance examination and interviews, and operate fee-paying policy. which sometimes hinders some students’ access to the schools. and stands as a barrier to the Church’s option for the poor. Catholic schools in Nigeria allow parents to pay fees in installments and sometimes, the complete fees are waived. Based on the findings, the recommendations proposed the need for every Proprietor to revisit the policy on Catholic education for better implementation, there should be a common policy on admissions, the Church needs to find possible means of ameliorating the educational services for the benefit of all classes of people in the society, since the Government does not fund Catholic schools, and there should be constant monitoring and supervision so as to maintain the Catholic schools’ distinctive character.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Catholic Schools and the Interests of the Poor in Nigeria
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
Keywords: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, INTERESTS OF THE POOR, NIGERIA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100151
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