ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE INPUTS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA
The study was carried out to assess the quality assurance of inputs into the implementation of technical education programme of Colleges of Education in North-central Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Check list and interview schedule were used for data collection. Three experts validated the instruments, two from University of Nigeria Nsukka and one from Federal College of Education Pankshin. The reliability was determined using Cronbach Alpha method of establishing reliability. The coefficient of reliability obtained was 0.89. Population for the study was the five colleges of education in North Central Nigeria that offer technical education programme at NCE level and 140 input items as contained in NCCE minimum standard for implementation of technical education programme. Five copies of the checklist (one for each school) were used to obtain information on availability and adequacy. Percentage and mean were used to analyze data obtained from observation and interview schedule on availability and adequacy respectively. The study found out that 80% of the required personnel input are available, 78% of the required facilities are available, 84% of equipment/ machines and tools required are available in Colleges of Education in north central Nigeria. 40% of personnel are found to be adequate, 27.3% of facilities were found to be adequate. 26% of automachanic equipment/machine and tools, 45.5% of building technology equipment/machine and tools, 25.8% electrical/electronic technology equipment/machine and tools, 31% of metal work technology equipment/machine and tools and 34.8% of woodwork technology equipment/machine and tools were found to be adequate. It was therefore recommended that government should inject more funds to Colleges of Educations to enable them provide adequate inputs for the implementation of technical education programmes for quality assurance.