ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES POSSESSED AND DEMONSTRATED BY TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRODUCTS EMPLOYED IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA
The study was carried out to assess competencies possessed and demonstrated by technical college products employed in tertiary institutions in Anambra State. The study adopted survey research design. The population for the study comprised 110 heads of academic departments and non academic heads of department in tertiary institutions in Anambra State. The instrument used for data collection was structured questionnaire. Three experts face validated the instrument. Cronbach alpha coefficient method was used to determine reliability coefficient of the instrument and 0.82 coefficient value was obtained. Four research questions guided the study and four null hypotheses were formulated. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data for answering research questions while t-test analysis was used to test the hypotheses of no significant difference at 0.05 level of significance. The study found out that ten technical/ occupational competencies, seven communication competencies, five attitudinal competencies and six managerial competencies are possessed and demonstrated by the technical college graduates employed in tertiary institutions in Anambra State. The study also found out that there was no significant difference between the mean responses of the academic and non-academic supervisors on the adequacy of technical/occupational competencies, communication competencies, attitudinal competencies and managerial competencies demonstrated by the technical college graduates employed in tertiary institutions in Anambra State. The study recommended that relevant resource inputs for teaching technical courses should be provided by government, employers of technical college graduates and philanthropists in the society. It was also recommended that workshop, seminars and short time training should be organized for technical teachers in technical colleges by school administrators and government in order to improve their competencies for effective teaching.