ERIC Number: ED433436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Skills Training Centres in The Gambia.
A study surveyed 44 skills centers in The Gambia through a questionnaire, evaluated them regarding vocational training, and conducted on-site research of 17 targeted centers. Findings were as follows: most operated as private organizations; the retention rate was an average of 84%; centers operated with an average student/staff ratio of about 12:1 during the academic year 1996-97; targeted centers operated with 125 academic staff, most full time; 65 percent of principals felt the most important aim of staff development was to update knowledge and practical skills of staff in their subject areas; most buildings were located in reasonably good areas; teaching-learning materials were in short supply; adequate library facilities were available in 4 of 17 centers; governance of the targeted centers was through boards of directors of parent bodies or through their own governing bodies; and centers were making vigorous efforts to recover costs. Supervised work experience was mandatory in technical subjects and most secretarial studies programs. About 58 percent of centers indicated employers' involvement in curriculum development, and about 70 percent claimed to provide information to employers. Only 42 percent of program leaders gave advice and support in job search. Self-employment was actively encouraged. Recommendations included curriculum review and innovation, promotion of good practice in center management, and funding of new initiatives to increase training volume and quality. (Appendixes contain 10 references and analyses of physical resources for various subject areas.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Curriculum Development, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Learning Laboratories, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Holding Power, Skill Development, Staff Development, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Gambia