Increase in demand for further education among secondary School teachers in lgembe north, Meru county
Kimencu, Johnstone Muriungi
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the reasons for the increase in demand for further studies among teachers. The study objectives were to describe the phenomenon of increased demand for further studies among secondary school teachers, find out the opinion over the future of teaching profession and teacher education. The study also explored various policies and actions that can be put in place by various stakeholders in education given the trend in education sector. The study applied Cost-Benefit Analysis theory of Blaug (1996) as a guide to this research. The research employed a descriptive survey design, which is concerned with the generalized statistics that result when data is abstracted from respondents. The research instruments was a questionnaires used to collect data. The instrument was piloted and validity verified. Reliability was also verified and stratified simple random technique was used for this study. Out of twenty five schools, only fourteen were sampled. Out of the target population of 96 respondents, a total of 38 were sampled for the study. Data anal ysis was done using the Social Package for Statistical Science (SPSS). Both qualitative and quantitative data analysis was used to analyze the data. The findings were presented through descriptive statistics by use of frequencies, tables, graphs and pie-charts. The study found out that the demand for further education among teachers is on the rise. Further the study established that going back to school is currently a wave among secondary teachers resulting to over-qualified teachers in the near future posing a challenge to management of such human resource. The study recommends a scheme of service be developed for teachers holding Masters of Education degree. Based on recommendations, the study proposes that the Ministry of Education through its relevant agencies develop attractive proficiency courses whose certification is recognized by Teachers Service Commission. Further, a study on the effect of enrolment of teachers for further studies on academic performance of their pupils and students also recommended.