oa African Journal of Farm Child and Youth Development - Motivation and staff morale : implications for the Children-In-Agriculture Programme (CIAP) in post-primary institutions in Enugu Educational Zone of Nigeria

Volume 1, Issue 1
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The issue of food security is a very important one for a developing country like Nigeria. There is an urgent need to motivate youths to become interested in agriculture so that they can take over from the present crop of Nigerian farmers who are now getting aged. The way agriculture is taught in schools will go a long way to either enhance or diminish the interest of youths in farming. The overall purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which agricultural science teachers in the post-primary institutions in the Enugu Educational Zone were motivated to do their job and to determine the resultant implications for the Children-In-Agriculture Programme which is a programme designed to inculcate the spirit of self-reliance in agriculture in post-primary school children. A structured questionnaire was developed, validated and administered to 181 randomly selected agricultural science teachers from a total population of 302 agricultural science teachers in the zone. Results showed that many respondents claimed not to be satisfied being teachers of agriculture and expressed their desire to opt out for another job if given the opportunity. Recommendations aimed at motivating agricultural science teachers in post-primary schools in the study area are posited.

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