Impact Of Covid-19 On Private Secondary School Teachers In Obia Akpor Lga, Rivers State, Nigeria
This study was on impact of covid19 on private secondary school in Obia Akpor LGA in Rivers state. The total population for the study is 200 staffs of private secondary school in Abuja. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made principals, teachers, senior staff and junior staff were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies.
1.1Background of the study
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, so do the risks we face. The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped at national borders. It has affected people regardless of nationality, level of education, income or gender. But the same has not been true for its consequences, which have hit the most vulnerable hardest. Education is no exception. Students from privileged backgrounds, supported by their parents and eager and able to learn, could find their way past closed school doors to alternative learning opportunities.
It is a fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the near-total closures of schools, universities and colleges.
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Like many other sectors, private education institutions are reeling from the impact of quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To operate a private education is not a cheap enterprise in any country, as most of these institutions are self-funded.
The closure of schools, however, has also brought to the fore some hardships and challenges especially teachers in private schools. This challenges ranges from unpaid monthly salaries to other arrears.
We all know that most private schools depend entirely on school fees and other sources to pay their teaching staff. So, situation exists where government has temporarily closed all schools as part of measures to combat the pandemic. The situation is a delicate one not only for teachers, but even parents and those concerned in the country’s educational system.
We welcome the move by government in engaging the private school authorities and their proprietors to see how best they can settle the payment of their teachers’ salary arrears.
Statement of the problem
Despite the fact that some schools owe their teaching staff some monthly salaries, a good number of these staff are willing to offer help to their schools in this trying time of covid-19 pandemic. Though, the economic impact of COVID-19 is likely to be felt over the next few years, particularly in terms of job cuts and a reduction in income across the board. Experts even believe that because of the continuing risk of COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of livelihoods, enrollment for the upcoming school year 2020-2021 suffer greatly in both public and private schools. The study wants to investigate the impact of covid19 on private secondary schools teachers in Obia Akpor LGA of Rivers state
Objective of the study
The objectives of the study are;
- To ascertain the impact of covid19 on private secondary school teachers’ welfare in Obia Akpor
- To examine the challenges of private secondary school teacher during covid19
- To ascertain the economic impact of COVID-19 on private secondary school in Obia Akpor
For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;
H0: there is no impact of covid19 on private secondary school teachers’ welfare in Obia Akpor
H1: there is impact of covid19 on private secondary school teachers’ welfare in Obia Akpor
H02: there are no challenges of private secondary school teacher during covid19
H2: there are challenges of private secondary school teacher during covid19
Significance of the study
The study will be very significant to students, private secondary schools and the policy makers. The study will give a clear insight on the impact of covid19 on private secondary school teachers. The study will give an insight on the challenges private secondary school teachers are facing during covid19. The study will also serve as a reference to other researcher that will embark on the related topic
Scope and limitation of the study
The scope of the study covers impact of covid19 on private secondary school teacher in Obia Akpor LGA of Rivers state. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;
- a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
- b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study
Definition of the terms
Covid19: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Private secondary school: individual own secondary school