STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCING ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH FUNCTIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION AMONG GRADUATES OF BUSINESS EDUCATION IN KOGI STATE
This study was set to determine the strategies for enhancing economic growth through functional entrepreneurship education among graduates of business education in Kogi State. A survey research design was adopted while the population was 47 respondents (24 business education teachers from six colleges of education and 23 business entrepreneurs) in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State respectively obtained via pilot study. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire made up of two sections according to the research questions that guided the study. The questionnaire has a total of 19 item statements designed in 4 point response categories of Strongly Agree (SA), Agree (A), Disagree (D) and Strongly Disagree (SD) assigned numerical values of 4, 3, 2 & 1 respectively. The instrument was validated by research experts while the reliability index of 0.77 was established using Cronbach’s Alpha reliability estimate. Mean with standard deviation were used to answer the two research questions while t-test statistics was used to test the two null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study showed among others that retraining of entrepreneurship education teachers can enhance students learning towards improving economic growth in Kogi State; it will equip students with the human resources requirement of small business industries, it will equip student with potentials required for entrepreneurship. It was therefore recommended among others that schools at all level should ensure functional entrepreneurship cultures are being cultivated by making entrepreneurship a core subject.