IMPACT OF MDGs RETRAINING WORKSHOPS ON PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE OF BASIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS IN ENUGU STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS
This study sought to determine primary school teachers' perception of the impact of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) capacity building project on their professional competence, in the area of Basic Science and Technology (BST) teaching. A sample of 300 primary schools drawn from 60 primary schools in Enugu State constituted the research subjects. A questionnaire, constructed by the researcher, validated by experts and tested for
reliability using Cronbach alpha method, was used for data collection. The questionnaire sought to determine the impact of participation in the MDGs retraining workshops on
teachers' knowledge of some BST concepts, as well as their pedagogical skills. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The research questions were answered using mean with standard deviation while the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance
using t-test. Results of data analysis showed that the primary school teachers were generally of the view that the MDGs retraining workshops have impacted positively on their knowledge of some BST concepts and have also enabled them to improve on their pedagogical skills. Some recommendations were proffered, one of which is that the workshops should be organized at more regular intervals, in view of its efficacy.