Enhancement of qualified mathematics and basic science teachers at senior secondary school level through admission into first degree programmes at polytechnics in Bauchi State, Nigeria
Peter Dogo, Lawal H Garba, Samaila YD Jeji, Raliatu M Kashim
The article was based on descriptive and expo-factor research design study, was aimed at the enhancement of qualified mathematics and science teachers at senior secondary school level through admission into first degree programmes at Abubaakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic in affiliation with the Nigerian Universities specifically the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. The instruments used for the study were in two categories, included were; Lecturers/Students Inventory questionnaires (LSIQ) as well Lecturers Basic Science Laboratory Questionnaire (LBSLQ). Descriptive statistics were used and data were coded and analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Findings on position levels among lecturers revealed 33.3% out of 15 in mathematics and 30.0% out 20 in computer science at the rank of Lecturer three (LIII). Findings further revealed 26.5% out of 22 in chemistry at the same rank. At the rank of Lecture one (LI), findings revealed 25% out of 20 lecturers in computer science and 29% out 17 in biology respectively. Findings on percentages of lecturers in mathematics and basic science subjects revealed 60% out 20 specialist in Computer Science, with first degree and forty per cent (40%) with second degree. Findings also revealed 50% out 15 in Mathematics with second degree, while 30% with first degree, and a PhD holder. In chemistry result from the study revealed that 28% out of 22 have first degree and 58% with second degree while 13.2 % had third degree. Findings also revealed that in 2016/2017session, 244 candidates were already admitted into various 1st degree programs in ATAP in affiliation with ATBU, Bauchi with the high per cent (37.3%) admitted into B. Tech Business Education. Findings further revealed 300 candidate admitted in 2017/2018 session with the high per cent (34.3%) admitted into B. Tech. Computer Science Education. Findings on availability of laboratory learning facilities revealed that ou of 86 mathematics and basic science lecturers 60% agreed that there were enough laboratory learning facilities in the Polytechnic (ATAP). This a clear indication that the admission of more brains into mathematics and basic science teacher education at the first degree programs in Polytechnics Nigeria and Bauchi Sate in particular is a step toward the enhancement of qualified mathematics and science teachers at senior secondary level.