A Spatial Framework for the Distribution of Public Primary Schools in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria
1Shaibu, S.I.,2Morenikeji, O.O.,1Idowu, O.O., 1Medayese, S., 1Ohadugha, C.B., 2Oliver, M. S and 3Jimoh, M. Y.
1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Minna
2Urban and Regional Planning Department, Zungeru Polytechnic, Niger State
3Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
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Education is the key to development in any society and it is true that the educational institutions in any given society reflect the standard of living and the attitudes towards life of that society. This study presents a spatial framework of public primary schools in Munya Local Government Area of Niger state with the specific objectives of identifying the various public primary schools in the study area, attempt a spatial mapping and distribution pattern of the schools; determine spatial equity and accessibility of pupils to the schools and finally to advance appropriate planning policy measures to resolve the identified problems. The main sources of data for the study are through the primary and secondary sources. The location quotient, distributional equity, Gini co – efficient and P – median techniques were used for data analysis. It is observed that primary school’s provision has surpassed the maximum required in the area. It is therefore recommended that there should be be guided in the sitting of future schools, while maintenance of the existing ones should be pursued to sustain the likely future growth in school’s enrolment. Furthermore, the establishment of future public schools should be based on threshold population in the study area.
Keywords: Infrastructural Investment, Community Facilities, Spatial Equity and Spatial Distribution