School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) in Policy and Practice: Research Synthesis Report

Abstract:

The federal government of Nigeria has recently introduced School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) in every primary and Junior Secondary School in Nigeria. This reflects a trend in international development for devolved school management and increased parental/community participation in school management. This is a report of research conducted in March – April 2009 which sought to explore the implications of SBMC policy, with a particular focus on questions of gender, poverty and school governance through case studies of ten schools and communities in five states (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara and Lagos) as well as interviews at Federal, State and Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) levels.