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ERIC Number: EJ1159079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1925-0746
Academic Programme Development and the Participation of Relevant Interest Groups for Quality Manpower Production in Nigeria Higher Education
Agabi, Ogar G.; Obasi, Kenneth K.; Ohia, Adanma N.
World Journal of Education, v2 n3 p87-93 Jun 2012
Quality manpower production is not just essential for national development, but very critical to national security and quick economic recovery in most of today's fragile economies of the world. This paper assessed the participation of prospective employers as relevant interest groups in the development of academic programmes in tertiary institutions and the adequacy of the skilled manpower being produced from these programmes in meeting the manpower needs of the economy. Academic Programme Development Evaluation Questionnaire (APDEQ) was designed, validated, tested for reliability (with an r-coefficient of 0.82) and administered on a stratified random sample of 88 Heads of Academic Units (HAU) of three categories of tertiary institutions (100% of population) and 35 Human Resources Managers (HRM) of five categories of companies (30% of population) within the Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Two research questions and one hypothesis were raised. The analysis of the survey results using weighted mean opinion and t-test statistics revealed that prospective employers of labour are not maximally participating in academic programme development in tertiary institutions and such programmes are not adequate in developing the quality of skilled manpower needed to meet the specific needs of these prospective employers. The implications of this result was discussed and the researchers concluded that the quality manpower production which is needed to address the rising graduate unemployment phenomenon cannot be achieved without the active participation of relevant interest groups in the development of academic programmes. Such programmes must then guide the production of adequate skilled manpower to meet the specific needs of the economy. The need to take concrete steps, both by the tertiary institutions and appropriate professional and regulatory bodies to actualize these were recommended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria
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