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The development of any nation and its achieving greatness depends largely on the development and the effectiveness of implementing appropriate education laws. For this reason, most governments all over the world placed much emphasis on educational policies as instruments of national development. In the Nigerian context, despite the importance attached to education policy development, certain challenges affect the implementation of the education policies which adversely affects academic excellence. The paper used secondary source of data through extant literature and document review as a map of action and identified that institutional weaknesses, lack of professionalism and inadequate manpower among others constrained education policy development in Nigeria. This adversely blocked the chances of achieving educational policy goals. It is therefore, recommended that the institutional capacities need to be strengthened, competent and qualified personnel need to be recruited and appropriate stakeholders need to be allowed full participation in education establishment. This is believed to effectively aid in the developing quality educational policies and also implementing them appropriately towards achieving academic excellence.
Keywords: Education Policy, Policy Development, Nigeria
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