International Journal of Innovative Education Research 3 (2):7-12, April-June 2015


SEAHI PUBLICATIONS, 2015

PROBLEMS OF TEACHING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICAL IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN DELTA STATE, NIGERIA



1OLAJIDE, K; 1ODOMA, M.O; 2OKECHUKWU, F;3IYARE, R; 3OKHAIMOH, K.I
1Kogi State College of Education (Tech), Kabba, Kogi State, Nigeria
2Federal College of Education (Tech), Asaba, Nigeria
3Department of Vocational Education (Agricultural Education) Delta State University, Abraka

ABSTRACT
The study was designed to determine the problems of teaching agricultural practical in secondary schools in Delta State. Three objectives guided the study. The population comprised of 456 registered Agricultural Science Teachers. Sample size of 246 respondents was drawn using Stratified random sampling technique. Data was collected from respondents using structured questionnaire. The results of the analysis revealed that the Agricultural Science Teachers in Delta State were qualified to teach Agricultural Science. However, most schools have the required instructional materials to teach practical agriculture excerpt for electronic materials and other heavy equipment required to teach agricultural practical. Students in the schools view Agricultural Science as not important as Mathematics and English Language which they view as core subjects. Also, students are of the perception that studying agricultural science has no future prospects for them. These notions affected the teaching of agricultural practical negatively in the schools. Among the recommendations made include that the state government should provide sufficient instructional materials needed for the teaching/learning of agricultural practical; Agricultural Science should be made as compulsory subject to pass before graduating from the secondary school
Keywords: Agricultural science practical, teaching, secondary school, teachers, students