EVALUATING THE RELEVANCE OF NCCE CURRICULUM FOR NCE (TECHNICAL) PROGRAMME IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
The study was carried out to evaluate the relevance of the NCCE curriculum for NCE (Technical) for Colleges of Education and Polytechnics in Plateau State. The study employed evaluation research design. The population for the study was 63 lecturers of both federal College of education Pankshin and Plateau State polytechnic Barkin Ladi and 257 technical teacher teaching basic technology in Plateau State. A structured questionnaire was used as instruments for data collection. Four research question and four null hypotheses were formulated. Cronbach alpha method was used to determine the reliability coefficient of the instrument which yielded 0.805. The mean and standard deviation was used to analyze the data for the research questions while t-test statistic was used to test the hypotheses of no significant difference at 0.05 level of significance. The finding of the study reveals that 19 occupational components of the curriculum are relevant. The finding also shows that 13 professional components are relevant and 12 general studies components are relevant. It was found out that only library facilities are the only adequate facilities in the training institutions. The study also found out that; there was no significant difference in the mean responses of the lecturers in the training institutions and the technical teachers on the relevance of the occupational, professional and general studies components of the curriculum and that there is no significant difference in the mean responses of lecturers and the technical teachers on the adequacy and availability of infrastructures and facilities in the training institutions. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made among others; that the occupational, professional and general studies components of NCE (Technical) curriculum be reviewed by curriculum experts so as to remove obsolete contents and introduce new/modern ones that will benefit the society, government at all level should provide all the necessary facilities and infrastructure required for effective implementation of all the components of the curriculum in the training institutions and that lecturers and technical teachers in the field should be retrained based on emerging issues by organizing workshop and conferences.