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Title: Catholic schools and the interests of the poor in Nigeria
Author: Igbo, Maria Ugonna Rita
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 2710
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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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.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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