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Journal of Educational Research and Review

Research Article | Published May 2017 | Volume 5, Issue 3, pp. 41-48

Business education in Nigeria for value re-orientation: a strategic approach for poverty alleviation and national development




James Edomwonyi Edokpolor1*

Jane Nwakego Egbri2

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   1.    Department of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Benson Idahosa University, P.M.B.1100, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

    2.    Department of Vocational and Technical Education, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, P.O. Box 1154, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.




Citation: Edokpolor JE, Egbri JN (2017). Business education in Nigeria for value re-orientation: a strategic approach for poverty alleviation and national development. J. Edu. Res. Rev. 5(3): 41-48.






Business education is a systematic programme of instruction that prepares students for the world of work and further studies at graduate and post-graduate levels. Business education has witnessed unpleasant setback, over the years, probably because of the inadequate allocation of resources, coupled with the low public interest accorded to it. Parents and elites appeared to shun business education, for they erroneously believed that it is a programme meant for the less academically endowed. This situation has consequently made Nigerian youths to lack the requisite attributes that would help in generating high income capacities for meeting their basic needs as well as the development of Nigerian economy. Based on this unpleasant situation, the authors decided to embark on a theoretical discourse. The first discussion is centered on the resource-based theory, followed by an overview of value orientation. Next, the concept of poverty alleviation was discussed. The concept of national development was also looked at. Finally, the relationship among business education, value re-orientation, poverty alleviation, and national development was discussed. Consequently, the authors drew a logical conclusion, and it was recommended, among others, that government should endeavour to formulate the policies that would help in ensuring the effective implementation of business education and expansion of business skills in order to produce a new generation of skilled and competent workers who are analytical and innovative, and can serve as the driving force for poverty alleviation and national development.


Keywords  Business education   inadequate resources   national development   poor societal perception   poverty alleviation    value re-orientation  



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