International Journal of Engineering Technology and Scientific Innovation
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Title:
REASONS FOR LOW FEMALE ENROLMENT IN TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Authors:
PROF KELECHI OKOYE, MAGNUS G. EKON

Abstract:
The study was aimed at determining the reasons for low female enrolment in technical colleges in Akwa Ibom State. Two research questions and two hypotheses were formulated. A survey research design was adopted. The population consisted of 358 teachers in post-primary institutions in Akwa Ibom State from which a sample of 185 respondents was selected through random sampling. A 10 item structured questionnaire was developed and used as instrument for data collection. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions while the t-test statistics was employed to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. It was found that sex discrimination, sexual harassment, male dominance and practical oriented nature of technical subjects were some of the school related factors influencing female enrolment in technical colleges in Akwa Ibom State. The study also found societal factors such as sex roles, normal and abnormal occupations for males and females and the perception of females as home managers to have negative influences on female students enrolment in technical colleges. It was recommended that principals of technical colleges should adopt an administrative style that will keep the school related factors in check while technical teachers can assist by building up the self confidence of the female students while teaching in the classroom in technical colleges in Akwa Ibom state.

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