Manifest functions of education consist of the basic and obvious functions of education.
According to Swift (1969) there are at least four manifest functions of education in society.
(i) Inculcation of values and standards of the society.
(ii) Maintenance of social solidarity by developing in children a sense of belonging to the society together with a commitment to its way of life, as they understand it.
(iii) Transmition of knowledge, which comprises the social heritage.
(iv) Development new knowledge.
Other manifest functions of education are as follows:
The provision of literacy and numeracy and specialized training for occupational competence leading to personal fulfilment and social contribution.
The presentation and transmission of culture from one generation to another.
Encouraging democratic participation through the teaching of verbal skills and the development of individual’s ability for rational thinking.
Expansion of student’s intellectual horizons.
The production of patriotic citizens through lessons by illustrating and demonstrating  the nation’s greatness and glory. For example, teaching of Social Studies, History and Geography etc.
Education is an agent of upward social mobility in society.
Education is also an agent of socio-cultural change and reform.