LOW ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS IN TEACHER EDUCATION: THE CASE OF HOME ECONOMICS

April 2020 | JONTTE


Corresponding Author E-mail: deltacopem1@yahoo.co.uk
Published: 9 April 2020

Abstracts


The focus of this paper is on the low enrolment of students in Teachers’ Education, with more emphasis on Home Economics Education. Teacher Education serves as a key change agents in transforming education and society at large. However, most students prefer to study other profession rather than the teaching profession. Candidates who usually apply to higher institutions for teacher education in Nigeria are those who have either been denied admission or are basically unqualified for admission into such popular professions including medicine, law, engineering, architecture etc. Home economics Education is the area of study in teachers’ education that provides the necessary knowledge guiding and assisting human being to be able to attain a more self-reliant and fulfilled life. This paper discusses some factors that poses challenges to Home Economics education and subsequently leads to low enrolment of students in the subject. Amongst are: discouragement from parents, expensive nature of the subject, gender disparity, lack of equipment and ignorance of career opportunities in Home Economics among others. It therefore, recommends among others that the government as well as curriculum planners should make Home Economics education more attractive so as to eliminate gender disparity to increase students’ enrolment to study Home Economics Education. They should also provide facilities/equipment/materials/ICT and fund to encourage effective teaching and learning of the subject. This also will make the students spend less in practical since they may not need to buy those equipment/materials themselves.

Keywords:

Teacher Education, Students’ Enrolment, Home Economics, Gender Disparity, Teaching Profession

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