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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) |Volume VI, Issue X, October 2022|ISSN 2454-6186

Factors Affecting Quality Assurance in the Teaching of English Language at Universal Basic Education (UBE) Level in South East, Nigeria

Onuoha, Juliana N.
Department of English Language, Ebonyi State College of Education, Nigeria

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Abstract: This study was carried out to identify the factors affecting quality assurance in the teaching of English Language at Universal Basic Education level in South East Nigeria. Two research questions were developed in line with the purpose of the study. Two null hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted a descriptive survey design, the population of the study was 30485 teachers. The sample size comprised four hundred (400) public primary school teachers from the area of study. This sample was drawn using multistage sampling technique. A 19 item instrument termed English Language Quality Assurance Questionnaire (ELQAQ) was used for data collection. Cronbach Alpha statistics was used to establish the reliability index of 0.92. The administration and retrieval of instrument were through direct contact and use of research assistance. Data collected were analyzed using Mean and Standard Deviation for the research questions while t-test statistics was used for testing the null hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed that items presented are institutional and socio-economic factors affecting the teaching of English Language at Universal Basic Education Schools in the South Eastern Nigeria. Findings on the hypotheses tested revealed that there was no significant difference in the mean responses of teachers of English Language from Enugu and Anambra States on the items presented, it was recommended that government provide functional English Language laboratories, adequately fund UBE schools in South East, Nigeria and also motivate teachers through the provision of incentives and other fringe benefits.

Keywords: Quality Assurance, Universal, Education, English teaching.


English language is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the global lingua franca. It was named after the Angles (A German) that migrated to England in the early middleages [1]. It is spoken today in many countries around the world like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland and a number of Caribbean nations. There are about 375 million native speakers which is the largest after mandarin and Spanish. Also about 220 million more people use it as their second language, often used in work and travel and there are at least a billion people who are learning it. In Nigeria English language is a core subject in all the three (3) levels in the universal basic education (which has ten (10) compulsory subjects and three (3) elective subjects; eleven (11) compulsory subjects and three (3) electives in the middle class and then in the upper basic with twelve (12) compulsory subjects and three (3) electives which