THE AVAILABILITY, ADEQUACY AND UTILIZATION OF PHYSCAL FACILITIES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN BAYELSA STATE
This study assessed the availability, adequacy in quantity, and utilization of physical facilities in public secondary schools in Bayelsa State. Specifically, the following questions were raised and answered. What is the percentage of adequacy of physical facilities provided in public secondary schools? Are the available physical facilities provided in public secondary schools? Are the available physical facilities in good condition? And what is their rate of utilization? The ex-post facto design was adopted because the data obtained already existed in schools. From each of the five randomly selected Local Government Areas, 58% of schools were again selected using the stratified random sampling technique. The data collected with a structured checklist was analysed and the findings revealed that of the 1783 facility items required: only an average of 40.4% were available indicating gross inadequacy; an average of 44.4% were not in good condition; while an average of 37.9 were not even put to use. To rescue the system from existing in its shadows or collapse, it was recommended that prompt action should be taken to effect emergency repairs and subsequently provide those that are not available to meet the observed gap.