|dc.description.abstract||Nigeria is a developing country struggling to reach the Millennium Development Goals of
universal primary education. The population profile of the country, 2005, shows a high population
figure of children and adolescents between the ages of 5-24 years. Majority of the children within
this age bracket are the focus of the educational development policies of the country.
Educational developmental problems unresolved at the primary education level are carried over
to the secondary level where they become magnified leading to disastrous consequences since it
has the secondary level as its pivot. This is the bridge between the primary and tertiary education.
It is the junction from where all the boulevards of higher education take off and all primary school
leavers must successfully pass through it to become useful to themselves and the society. Failure
to navigate successfully secondary education has resulted, over the years, in poor academic
skills, low problem solving skills, high dropout rates, gross exam malpractices, school cultism,
teenage prostitution, pregnancy and abortion and other vices leading to the production of ill
equipped individuals lacking necessary skills to make meaningful contributions to national
development. Unfortunately some of the ‘fallouts’ of a degenerate secondary education are
involved in political leadership in the country today. // Paper ID 162||en_US