Entrepreneurship Education and Small-Scale Business Management Skill Development among Students of Auchi Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria

  •  P.O. Idogho    
  •  Barr. Ainabor Augustine. E    


The study investigated the extent to which the entrepreneurship education introduced in tertiary institutions in
Nigeria as part of Federal Government initiatives, has imparted in students, the management skill development
needed to set up small-scale businesses, using Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi as a case study. A sample of 300 final
year students were selected using the random sampling technique. The study tested a hypothesis of no relationship
between exposure to entrepreneurship educational experience and managerial skill development among the
respondents. The Pearson correlation analyses used in the test showed that there is a positive correlation between
the variables, i.e., entrepreneurship education and managerial skill development (r = 0.349; p < 0.05). It also found
that students who received instruction in entrepreneurship education showed a greater desire to set-up small-scale
businesses after graduation (r = 0.379; p < 0.05). The study thus concluded that the entrepreneurship education
introduced into the curriculum for tertiary institutions had made some appreciable impact on the students. It thus
recommends an intensification of the programme of instruction for entrepreneurship education among Nigeria’s
tertiary technical institutions.

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