The overriding aim of primary education in Nigeria is to give the child a solid
base upon which he can stand firmly in the long run to contribute to national
development. It is expected that supervision of instruction by educational
authorities at this level is qualitatively carried out in order to ensure that various
policy guidelines introduced into this level in the educational system are well
implemented for effective goal delivery and national development. Efforts to
meet up in this onerous assignment, is often thwarted by some constraints. The
paper examined the functions of instructional supervision in primary schools.
Constraints militating against the effective performance of the functions of
instructional supervision in Nigeria were highlighted. Paucity of fund, lack of
training and retraining, inadequate preparation for supervision exercise were
among the indentified constraints. Thereafter, appropriate recommendations
were made towards an effective and qualitative supervision of instruction in
primary schools for the attainment of the laudable goals of education for
national development in Nigeria.
Supervision, National Development, Effective Supervision