APPRAISAL OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES FOR LECTURERS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, SOUTH-EAST OF NIGERIA
The study appraised staff development programmes for lecturers in Colleges of Education, South East of Nigeria. The purpose of the study was to find out if the staff development programmes for lecturers in Colleges of Education, South East of Nigeria is in line with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Manual on Staff Development. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design. An intact population of 1329 lecturers (772 from federal and 557 from state colleges of education) were used, so there was no sampling as the number was small enough to be handled. A 32-item researcher designed questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. Data collected was analyzed using mean scores and standard deviation to answer the five research questions, while Z-test was employed to test the four null hypotheses formulated to guide the study, at 0.05 level of probability. It was found that to a great extent the colleges of education South East of Nigeria complied with the NCCE Staff Development Manual. The implication of this finding is that much is now expected from the lecturers that have been developed. This implies a glimpse of hope that the standard of education in colleges of education and consequently, primary school education, will soon improve. It was recommended among others that the NCCE should not bother to carry out any assessment of the implementation of the Staff Development Manual as this study has provided the necessary information. The resources budgeted for this should be channeled to others areas of need. Also colleges of education should not rest on their oars but ensure that from time to time the lecturers are further developed as education especially for teachers is a continuous process. The NCCE should endeavor to provide Manuals for basic activities in all their institutions for the purpose of guidance, uniformity and reference.