Arabic and Islamic Studies Teachers’ Perceived Problems Associated with the Attainment of the Universal Basic Education Goals in North-central, Nigeria

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Published by the Department of Adult and Primary Education, University of Ilorin


This paper examined the Arabic and Islamic Studies Arabic and Islamic Studies teachers’ perceived factors militating against the attainment of the UBE goals in North central, Nigeria. The population for the study was all the UBE teachers in North-central, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was used to select nine hundred and twenty-four teachers teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies in the central. The researchers adopted descriptive survey research type while structure questionnaire with 18 question items was used to collect data from the respondents. The instrument was validated by three experts and yielded a coefficient of 0.75 when subjected to a test-retest reliability procedure. The percentage was used to answer research question one, t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to tested hypotheses postulated at 0.05 alpha level. The study revealed that poor condition of service of the UBE teachers, poor and unconducive teaching-learning environment for the implementation of the UBE curriculum, inadequacy of educational facilities, inadequate funding and mismanagement of the little fund available were among the factors militating against the attainment of the UBE goals. Also, the respondents’ gender, qualifications and teaching experience did not influence their perceptions significantly. Therefore, it was concluded that the UBE curriculum implementation process requires urgent attention to redress the problems so as to achieve the set UBE goals.



Universal Primary Education, Universal Basic Education, Arabic and Islamic Studies teachers, Perceived problems, North-central