ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT OF SELECTED PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Ogueri Chuks Ebirim

Abstract


This research work was carried out to investigate entrepreneurship and empowerment in the private secondary schools in Rivers state. It has an empirical study of five chosen private secondary schools in Rivers state. A survey research design was adopted and primary data was used to collect data from the population of 150 respondents and by administering a set of questionnaires to 108 staff of the chosen private secondary schools in Rivers state with the Krejcie Morgan formula in which only 102 were returned. The findings of the study revealed that entrepreneurship had a significant effect on empowerment. The hypotheses formulated were tested using the Pearson product moment correlation co-efficient, ANOVA and ordinal regression. It was concluded that entrepreneurship was attached with innovation and creativity in terms of generating new ideas for the progress of the private secondary schools and also that empowered entrepreneurs and their employees had the intellectual capacity and autonomy in making decisions that would improve their respective private schools. It was recommended that the entrepreneurs should have the capacity to develop and manage their private secondary schools at profitable ventures; innovative strategies have to be applied to enable the employees to have the quality of intelligence and skills to effect their duties, entrepreneurs should be able to collaborate with the government, ministry of education, employees and parents so that there would be academic success in their various schools and there must be goal attainment and commitment among the school owners and their employees so that they can perform their functions with great determination.


Keywords


Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, Commitment, Leadership, Collaboration, Competitiveness, Goal attainment Innovation, Motivation.

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