Impact of Total Quality Control Measures on Secondary School Students’ Academic Performance In Ogun State
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 4 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-4-April-2007
The pride of educational system depends not just on the quantity but more importantly, on the quality of
its products at all levels. The quality of the products in turn depends largely on the quality of the
education diet that students receive in Secondary Schools and which is also dependent upon the
standard of control that teachers and students enjoy. It has been observed that, the problem of
adequate and effective quality control has been responsible for producing students who remain halfbaked
and could not assist the society in which they find themselves (Erinle & Abioye, 2003). The
problem of quality in Nigeria Public Secondary Schools has been in recurring one, more so after the
introduction of both Universal Primary Education (UPE) in 1976, Free Education Policy in certain parts
of Nigeria in 1979 and Universal Basic Education of 1999.
Many criticisms have been associated with the low standard of Secondary School Education in
Nigeria. The greatest among these is the lack of quality of its products. According to the critics, it has
been growth without development (Akinyemi, 1983). The problems of our Secondary Schools include
poor academic performance, gross indiscipline among staff and students, weak and incompetent
teachers, poor quality teaching, poor performance in public examinations, high waste rate and so on.
However, many factors have been identified as being responsible for the poor quality of work in our
public secondary schools. They include: poor funding, inadequate supply of qualified and experienced
teachers and outdated method teaching among other (Akinyemi, 1983).