Attitude of Secondary School Chemistry Students Towards Teaching As A Profession in Jos North, Plateau State,Nigeria

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Tabitha Kamji Delmang
Opara Anslem

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Among the career preferences made by secondary school chemistry students teaching profession featured lowly which contributes to the enormous shortage of qualified chemistry teachers in senior secondary schools. This  study investigated the attitude of secondary school chemistry students towards teaching profession .Five research questions guided the study, data used for this study were collected through chemistry student questionnaires(CSQ) and chemistry teachers’ questionnaires(CTQ) administered to 250 chemistry students and 17 chemistry teachers purposively selected from seven secondary schools in the study area. Simple percentage method was used to answer the research questions while t-test was employed to test the research hypothesis at 0.05level of significance. The results of the study showed that secondary school chemistry students don’t want to join teaching profession (86.4%) and prefer other professions to teaching profession (78.0%) despite the fact that they liketeaching profession (60%) and see teaching as a noble profession (75.2%). Results from the study also revealed that teachers’ low salary, government overlooking teachers’ welfare and teachersbeing neglected in the society is the major cause of the negative attitude of   secondary school chemistry students towards teaching profession. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended, among others, that Government should adequately fund education, there should be improvement in teacher’s salary and parent should be enlightened on the importance of teaching profession so that they canencourage their children to join the profession.

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Delmang, T. K., & Anslem, O. (2019). Attitude of Secondary School Chemistry Students Towards Teaching As A Profession in Jos North, Plateau State,Nigeria . Indonesian Journal of Teacher Education, 1(1), 34-43. Retrieved from https://cendekiapublisher.id/index.php/IJTE/article/view/14
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