ATTRITION AND STRATEGIES FOR TEACHER RETENTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE

Nonye Ifediorah Okeke, Chimaa Okaforcha, Amaka Ekwesianya

Abstract


Teacher attrition and mobility is an educational wastage issue. The purpose of this study was to determine the dimensions, causes of teacher attrition and the strategies for teacher retention in secondary schools in Anambra state. The study adopted the descriptive survey design and was guided by three research questions. The population of the study was made up of 6,342 public secondary school teachers in the six education zones of the state. The sample for the study was 634 public secondary school teachers in Anambra state. Researchers’ designed, 4-point scale questionnaire which was validated by experts and tested for reliability was used for data collection. Mean and standard deviations were used to answer the three research questions. The findings show among others that teacher attrition or teacher turnover takes place for a number of reasons which include low social recognition for teachers and lack of opportunities for professional development. Based on the findings, it was recommended that government intensify programmes for teachers’ development and capacity building. The society in general and employers of teachers in particular should do all that is needed to accord the teaching profession its rightful pride of place among professions.


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Attrition; Strategies; Teacher Retention; Secondary School

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