Guilty or Not Guilty? How Nigerian Homes Impede the Aspirations of Nigerian Girls for Higher Education
The relatively low girls’ participation in higher education is discussed within the Nigerian society in such a way that such issues are discursively placed in often contradictory, as well as extremely complicated contexts. Dominant discussions draw on the interplay between gender and students’ performance across subjects, and as well as on the influences of the often patriarchal school environment on students’ overall performance, with little or no attention given to the agency of genealogy. This paper is an account of the stories by some Nigerian school girls of their experiences of schooling from the perspective of their homes. The larger study from which this paper is derived examined the gendered perception of schooling amongst some senior secondary school students in a Nigerian suburb. A number of discussions among the 25 girls (and also 25 boys) who participated in the study were analysed to understand how gender played into their perceptions of schooling influences upon their lives. As this project was grounded in the interpretivist qualitative research paradigm, discursive interpretivist approach was employed to interrogate how parental and domestic agencies, which I refer as genealogy in this paper, can play upon the aspirations of young girls for higher education in both complex and subtle ways. Recommendations for changes in policy and practice are made.
Keywords: Higher Education,, Girls’ Participation, Parental Agencies, Domestic Agencies
Dr. Chinedu I. O. Okeke
Lecturer, Sociology of Education Unit