SKILLS REQUIRED BY OFFICE TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT EDUCATION (OTME) STUDENTS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN DELTA STATE FOR EMPLOYABILITY

Idowu Ojianyaegbu

Abstract


This study examined skills required by Office Technology and Management Education students (OTME) in colleges of education in Delta state for employability. Two research questions guided the study. The population of the study consists of all the 28 OTME lecturers in the three (3) colleges of education in Delta State. There are Federal college of Education (T), Asaba, College of Education Warri, and College of Physical and Health Education Mosogar. There was no sample, because the population was manageable. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire, developed on a four point rating scale. The instrument was validated by two experts from two colleges of Education in Delta State. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using Cronbach Alpha correlation Method, and a coefficient of 0.81 was obtained. Twenty eight (28) copies of the validated instrument were administered by the researcher and two OTME lecturers as research assistants. Out of the twenty eight instruments administered, twenty seven were retrieved which was used for data analysis. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that, hard skills and soft skills are highly required by OTME students for employability on graduation. Based on the findings, the study recommends that the curriculum of OTME at the colleges of education level be reviewed to accommodate the hard and soft skills as part of the course content for employability.

 Keywords: Skills, OTME, Employability, Colleges of Education

 


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