AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BACHELOR OF EDUCATION B.ED IN MEETING THE JOB NEEDS OF GRADUATE (A CASE STUDY OF ADEKUNLE AJASIN UNIVERSITY)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
One of the major areas of concern on the graduate teacher education to the public, educational administrators and the government has been the quality of the graduates produced by the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme. In 1978, the National Committee on Educational Objectives and Policies (NCEOP) noted that B.Ed. graduate teachers were experiencing problems in secondary schools due to lack of adequate subject content. According to NCEOP (1976) further acknowledged that there was a considerable drop in performance of these teachers in classroom teaching. As a result of NCEOP findings a “B.Ed. Review Committee” was established by the Dean’s Committee of the University of Nairobi. The Committee was asked to examine the training and related background preparation of the graduate teachers for secondary schools, look into their effectiveness and make necessary recommendations. The B.Ed. Review Committee reported; “The Committee has been at pains to accept its own findings that the programme is inadequate in terms of education and content. There are weaknesses in the quality of the programme (Report from the Review of Graduate Teacher Education in Kenya).
Moreover, when Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme was re-introduced in the University of Nairobi in 1988, (after 10 years) the recommendations of NCEOP and B.Ed. Review Committee were incorporated into the programme. More education courses were introduced and teaching practice duration was increased from six to fourteen weeks. In education and the two teaching subjects studied in the programme, the number of courses taken was increased by ten to fifty four (54) when compared to the previous B.Ed programme.
However, since the introduction of the new B.Ed. programme at the Faculty of Education in 1988 no comprehensive study has been done to assess the effectiveness of the course in meeting the job needs of the graduates. This study attempted to fill this gap. It investigated the relevance and usefulness, of the programme in meeting the job needs of graduates. It also investigated the job satisfaction of the graduates.