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Implementation of Standard Specifications on Secondary School Facilities in Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo State: Summary of Findings

a.    Average class size for both public and private secondary schools exceeded the stipulated number of students as approved by the National Policy on Education. Federal and state Ministries of Educations and UNESCO, However, students are more in the public than in the private schools.
b.    The urban and rural schools exceeded the maximum number of student in the class as approved by the National Policy on Education, Federal and state Ministries of Education and UNESCO. A high average class size was recorded in the urban schools than the rural schools.
c.    There are more furniture in the urban schools than in the rural schools. It is pertinent to note here that most schools in rural areas have still not conformed with the approved 4 seater bench and tables but still have their normal table and chair per student. However, following the result still, not every child has a chair and a table. Moreso, most of the public schools still maintain the one table and chair per student.
d.    The major factor militating against implementation of standard specifications in both public and private schools is insufficient fund for the provision of facilities.
The maintenance practice carried out in the public/private urban and rural schools is mainly the curative type.
The findings in research question 1 is supported by the recommendation of UNESCO (1984) that 40 students and 25, giving an average of 35 be accommodated in a floor space of 0.81sq meter. Additionally, Urevbu (1991) stated that the provision of seats and desks should take into consideration the age, size and height of the pupils. Similarly, Gbamanja (1991) maintained that what he hears he forgets and what he, does he remembers. Commenting on the importance of standard specification, Singh (1996) noted that IQ is about 40% a matter of environment.
In RQ2, Campbell (1977) emphasized that when equipment wears, they must be replaced, He suggested that maintenance must be are by skillful craftsmen including plumbers, painters, electricians, masons and roofers.
Corroborating Mgbodile (2003) stated that school plant maintenance is the keeping of school building and equipment in as near their original conditions as possible. He emphasized that efforts be made to maintain wholeness and efficiency of the equipment, building and other facilities.
The issues raised in RQ3 are corroborated in the words of Daini (1999:73) where he opined that “there are in incessant cases of wastages, mismanagement and diversion of funds at the detriment implementation standard specification in schools.