Environmental Considerations toward the Provision of Conducive Learning Environments in Nigerian Schools

  • A. J. Adeyemi Department of Mechanical Engineering, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
  • S. A. Yusuf Department of Mechanical Engineering, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
  • O. B. Ezekiel Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria

Abstract

Learning, which is the expected outcome of any educational institution, can be influenced by many factors that include environmental factors. This study is aimed at comparing the learning environment of junior secondary schools, in a North-western state of Nigeria, with established standards in some other countries.  Four government-owned and four private owned schools participated in the study. Environmental variables such as classroom temperature, noise level, lighting and classroom size were all evaluated using standard equipment. Using statistical analytical tools, such as descriptive and comparison of means, the result shows that classroom lighting, noise and temperature do not meet the established standards.  The noise level in all the schools was above the recommended maximum comfort noise level of 40 dB(A) but still below noise harmfulness level of 85dB. The lighting in the classes was also not sufficient based on international recommendations of 300 Lux. The temperature in the classrooms is significantly higher than the acceptable level of 18-28°C. Although public schools have significantly larger classrooms than private schools, they have a smaller space/pupil ratio because of larger population. There is need to improve the building design of schools so that they might aid learning among the children. 

Published
Aug 1, 2017
How to Cite
ADEYEMI, A. J.; YUSUF, S. A.; EZEKIEL, O. B.. Environmental Considerations toward the Provision of Conducive Learning Environments in Nigerian Schools. Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 4, p. 449-457, aug. 2017. ISSN 2545-5818. Available at: <http://azojete.com.ng/index.php/azojete/article/view/200>. Date accessed: 13 dec. 2017.
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