MEASURES FOR ACHIEVING JOB SATISFACTION AMONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS IN RIVERS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGES
The purpose of this study was to determine the measures for achieving job satisfaction among technical teachers in Rivers State Technical Colleges. The study was necessitated in response to the prevailing issue of students’ poor academic performance and lack of practical skills; and technical teachers’ nonchalant attitudes in teaching effectively. Two specific purposes of the study with corresponding two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. A survey research design was used for the study. The population was 112 technical teachers in all the four Technical Colleges in Rivers State. The instrument used for data collection was a 20- item structured questionnaire developed by the researchers which had a 4- point rating scale with response categories of Very High Job Satisfaction (4), High Job Satisfaction (3), Low Job Satisfaction (2) and Very Low Job Satisfaction ((1). The instrument was validated by three experts of whom two were from the Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State and one from the Department of Science and Computer Education(Measurement and Evaluation), Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu. The reliability of the instrument was determined using Cronbach’s Alpha method and the reliability index was found to be 0.94. One hundred and twelve copies of the questionnaire were distributed, correctly completed and returned within two days. This accounted for a 100% return rate. Research questions were analyzed using mean with standard deviation. Items with mean score of 2.50 and above were regarded as High Job Satisfaction while items with mean score below 2.50 were regarded as Low Job Satisfaction. The two null hyptheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using z-test statistics. The findings of the study showed that salary increase, payment of hazard allowances, promotion as and when due, in service training amongst others were measures for achieving job satisfaction among technical teachers in Rivers State Technical Colleges. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that government should adequately compensate technical teachers to commensurate with their services and should guarantee job security to them.