Factors Influencing the Attrition of Agriculture Teachers in Secondary Schools in Botswana.
A descriptive type of research was conducted to determine factors influencing the attrition Attrition
The reduction in staff and employees in a company through normal means, such as retirement and resignation. This is natural in any business and industry.
Notes: of agriculture teachers in Secondary Schools in Botswana. The target population of the study was all the 106 heads of agriculture departments in Secondary Schools. A mailed questionnaire was used to gather data. The validity and reliability of the instrument were established. Results of the study revealed that remuneration REMUNERATION. Reward; recompense; salary. Dig. 17, 1, 7. , advancement and working conditions were the domains mostly responsible for the attrition of agriculture teachers in Botswana Secondary Schools.
Attrition can be defined as the gradual reduction of the work force by means of natural events such as retirements, deaths, and resignations; as opposed to reductions planned by management such as discharge, layoffs, retrenchments or early retirements.
Teacher attrition can have either positive or negative consequences on the local programmes. In a positive sense, attrition may be one way of naturally getting rid of incompetent incompetent adj. 1) referring to a person who is not able to manage his/her affairs due to mental deficiency (lack of I.Q., deterioration, illness or psychosis) or sometimes physical disability. teachers thus giving way to hiring new teachers who may be competent and who may introduce new programme contents and new policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental to existing programme.
Negative consequences might arise when the leavers are the best teachers or when the school programmes are undergoing rapid growth and development. In this sense, teacher attrition lowers the overall effectiveness of the school and ultimately the quality of learning.
Furthermore, replacing high performing teachers might be very difficult thus decreasing the overall performance of the affected school. Attrition could result in expenses associated with the recruitement and selection and also loss of productivity until probably a new teacher has mastered the job. Attrition may also have a demoralising Adj. 1. demoralising - destructive of morale and self-reliance
demoralizing, disheartening, dispiriting
discouraging - depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word" effect on the remaining teachers and negative effect on prospective teachers. Also individuals who remain might develop dissatisfaction simply by watching other teachers leave for other job opportunities.
Tilburg Tilburg (tĭl`bərg), city (1994 pop. 163,383), North Brabant prov., S Netherlands, near the Belgian border. Woolen textiles are the primary manufactured products. The city's main industrial growth began in the late 19th cent. (1987) stated that when a staff member quits quits
On even terms with by payment or requital: I am finally quits with the loan.
[Middle English, probably alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin , both the students and the remaining teachers suffer. There is disruption disruption /dis·rup·tion/ (dis-rup´shun) a morphologic defect resulting from the extrinsic breakdown of, or interference with, a developmental process. of service to the clientele, the extra time and money spent on recruitment and training for replacement, as well as the additional stress of more work to the remaining staff members are the possible consequences suffered by the school organisation as a result of attrition.
Webb (1983) reported that in the National Education Association Survey of 1982, teachers indicated that factors and forces that have had a negative effect on their job are, little opportunity for advancement in the chosen profession; salaries not keeping up with inflation; status damaged by decline in public confidence in education; negative student attitudes toward learning. He further stated that, teachers are becoming increasingly estranged es·trange
tr.v. es·tranged, es·trang·ing, es·trang·es
1. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.
2. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations. from their work.
Many feel they have given up an essential part of themselves to pursue a task that provides little professional recognition, profession that is not fulfilling their needs or tapping their potential and that Teaching profession is not providing individuals with the financial and psychological support required to sustain them in their work. As a result many teachers are leaving the field.
Lukhele (1989) in his study on the turnover of secondary school teachers in Swaziland Swaziland (swä`zēlănd), officially Kingdom of Swaziland, kingdom (2005 est. pop. 1,174,000), 6,705 sq mi (17,366 sq km), SE Africa. It is bordered on the S, W, and N by the Republic of South Africa and on the E by Mozambique. found that, inadequate career ladders The Career ladder is a metaphor or buzzword used to denote vertical job promotion. In business and human resources management, the ladder typically describes the progression from entry level positions to higher levels of pay, skill, responsibility, or authority. ; inadequate salary; attractive terms and conditions of service in the private sector and allowances were major reasons for turnover of secondary school teachers in Swaziland.
In a recent study by Phenethi (1995) on the turnover of agriculture teachers in secondary and high schools of Lesotho Lesotho (ləsō`tō), officially Kingdom of Lesotho, kingdom (2005 est. pop. 1,867,000), 11,720 sq mi (30,355 sq km), S Africa. It is an enclave within the Republic of South Africa. Maseru is the capital and largest city. found that, lack of involvement of teachers in decision making; lack of support for teachers; poor working relationships between agriculture teachers and headteachers, limited mobility in teaching service; discriminatory dis·crim·i·na·to·ry
1. Marked by or showing prejudice; biased.
2. Making distinctions.
dis·crim practices against the promotion, high demand to attend class activities after normal working hours, headteachers failure to recognize outstanding performance of teachers, lack of inservice training for agriculture supplies and equipment by school administration, attractive conditions of service in other sectors of the economy were major factors associated with turnover of agriculture teachers in secondary and high schools in Lesotho
Gary Gary, city (1990 pop. 116,646), Lake co., NW Ind., a port of entry on Lake Michigan; inc. 1909. Gary was founded by the U.S. Steel Corporation, which purchased the land in 1905 and landscaped it for a city. and Straquadine (1987) said that, "It is difficult for many to understand that a teacher's life is not bound by the time and space of the school. Vocational agriculture teachers must coordinate many roles (teacher, youth advisor, spouse spouse A legal marriage partner as defined by state law , community participant). For the teacher to coordinate all these roles, vocational agriculture teachers must cope with many demands of their multiple roles, especially the demand placed upon them by marriage. Marital relationships Noun 1. marital relationship - the relationship between wife and husband
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption have been identified as a factor causing vocational agriculture teachers to leave the profession".
Burgess BURGESS. A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the inhabitants of a borough, who are called burgesses sometimes it (1981) in the study on teacher shortage found out that attrition of agriculture teachers was due to low morale toward teaching; teacher-load which included matters such as record keeping, clerical work; community demands; extra curricular load; and keeping up to date professionally.
Roussan and Henderson Henderson.
1 City (1990 pop. 25,945), seat of Henderson co., NW Ky., on the Ohio River, in an oil, coal, tobacco, corn, and livestock area; founded 1797, inc. as a city 1867. (1995) in the study of agent turnover in Ohio State University Ohio State University, main campus at Columbus; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1870, opened 1873 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, renamed 1878. There are also campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. Extension found out that, country agents were most likely to leave Ohio State University Extension because of other priorities in their lives, such as job offer; insufficient pay for the amount of work performed; family obligations, too many late night meetings; too many responsibilities; attracted to more money elsewhere; no time for personal relationship; too many requirements for advancement; conflict of values, and lack of recognition for a job well done.
Darling (1984) stated that new recruits into teaching were less academically qualified than those who were leaving, and shortages of qualified teachers in mathematics and sciences were expected to grow into a more generalized gen·er·al·ized
1. Involving an entire organ, as when an epileptic seizure involves all parts of the brain.
2. Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.
3. teacher shortage. He further stated that teachers salaries fell far below those of other professions; lack of input into professional decision making; overly restrictive bureaucratic bu·reau·crat
1. An official of a bureaucracy.
2. An official who is rigidly devoted to the details of administrative procedure.
bu controls, and inadequate administrative support for teaching contributed to teacher dissatisfaction and attrition, particularly among most highly qualified members of the teaching force.
Kossen (1983) stated that high rates of turnover often indicated ineffective leadership. He further stated that paychecks can be a source of poor morale, especially when compared to the paychecks of other employees doing a similar work or those workers in other organisations in the same industry. Employees become disgruntled dis·grun·tle
tr.v. dis·grun·tled, dis·grun·tling, dis·grun·tles
To make discontented.
[dis- + gruntle, to grumble (from Middle English gruntelen; see when they feel that their paychecks are not keeping up with current industry rates or are not keeping up with rising prices. Significant signs of poor morale are high turnover, lack of pride in work, absenteeism ab·sen·tee·ism
1. Habitual failure to appear, especially for work or other regular duty.
2. The rate of occurrence of habitual absence from work or duty. and tardiness Tardiness
comic strip character; chronically late at the office. [Comics: “Blondie” in Horn, 118]
ten o’clock scholar
schoolboy who habitually arrives late. [Nurs. .
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Bundy BUNDY But Unfortunately Not Dead Yet (Nursing) (1968) many teachers were found to leave their vocational agriculture positions because they found themselves attempting to do an impossible job. He stated that satisfaction in employment was associated with accomplishment, appreciation of value of programme to others and rewards (financial and otherwise). He further stated that instructors who work under a load that cannot permit them to be prepared, cannot possibly take satisfaction in their accomplishment. Continued employment under these condition can only result in dissatisfaction and emotional instability instability /in·sta·bil·i·ty/ (-stah-bil´i-te) lack of steadiness or stability.
detrusor instability .
Rollefson (1990) in the study on teacher turnover patterns of entry to and exit from teaching found out that attrition of teachers increases with increase in school size; and that 40% public school leavers and 43.8% private school leavers were reported in non-teaching activities.
Although Botswana has taken great strides in building the image of agricultural education Agricultural education is instruction about crop production, livestock management, soil and water conservation, and various other aspects of agriculture. Agricultural education includes instruction in food education, such as nutrition. , and training of teachers, the country is continuously faced with the shortage of agriculture teachers in secondary schools. This is not because there are few teachers graduating from institutions but because there is a significant proportion of teachers leaving from their teaching positions in a given year to join other job opportunities. This statement is supported by the Botswana National Development Plan (1991 - 1997) which stated that the wastage wastage
a loss of product or productivity; in terms of animal production includes losses due to deaths of animals, lowered production from survivors, including reproduction, and lost opportunity income.
wastage Fetal wastage, see there percentage of trained Batswana teachers per year is 8% of which 3.2% are agriculture teachers. Also the Teaching Service Management Board (TSM TSM Tivoli Storage Manager
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rate of attrition
rate - a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit; "they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour"; "the rate of change was faster than expected"
of agriculture teachers, excluding expatriate Expatriate
An employee who is a U.S. citizen living and working in a foreign country. end-of-contact, stands at 4% per annum Per annum
The question that arise therefore is: what are the factors associated with the attrition of agriculture teachers in secondary schools in Botswana?
Purpose and Objective of the Study
The purpose of the study was to identify and describe the factors influencing the attrition of agriculture teachers in secondary schools in Botswana. The study attempted to study the following specific objectives.
1. To describe the demographic characteristics of the agriculture teachers in Botswana (such as sex, level of education, age, marital status marital status,
n the legal standing of a person in regard to his or her marriage state. , salary, teaching experience).
2. To identify the factors influencing attrition of agriculture teachers in Botswana secondary schools.
A descriptive type of study using the mail questionnaire technique was employed in the study. The target population was the heads of agriculture department from 106 schools in the Southern part of Botswana. The population was selected because it consisted of both urban and rural schools and therefore would be in a better position to provide useful data to achieve the objectives of the study. Out of the target population of 106 Agriculture teachers who were interviewed, a total of 91 (86%) useable questionnaires were received and processed.
The items used in the domains were obtained from literature. The instrument used for data collection consisted of closed ended questions of a one to six point likert scale Likert scale A subjective scoring system that allows a person being surveyed to quantify likes and preferences on a 5-point scale, with 1 being the least important, relevant, interesting, most ho-hum, or other, and 5 being most excellent, yeehah important, etc developed around the seven major domains which literature asserted could be responsible for attrition from certain professions. The domains were remuneration, interpersonal relationship This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims.
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The reliability of instrument was established by 64 agriculture teachers from the schools in the central parts of Botswana. The Kuder-Richardson formula - 21 (KR21) was used to calculate the reliability coefficient coefficient /co·ef·fi·cient/ (ko?ah-fish´int)
1. an expression of the change or effect produced by variation in certain factors, or of the ratio between two different quantities.
2. which was 99. The alpha level was set at 0.05 level of significant.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) secondary department provided an up-to-date list of the secondary schools teachers who were used for the study. This procedure helped to control the frame error. Sampling error was not a threat because all the agriculture teachers were targeted. The list of participants in the study was checked to avoid duplications of respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy. . This helped to control selection error.
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1. The act or an instance of generalizing.
2. A principle, a statement, or an idea having general application. of results to the target population.
The respondents were asked to indicate their responses on each of the statements under the 7 domains along the likert scale of 6= strongly agree (SA).5 = Agree (A), 4 = slighty agree (SA) 3 = slighty disagree (SD) 2 = disagree (D) and 1 = strongly disagree (SDA SDA
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Data collected were analysed using the SPSS A statistical package from SPSS, Inc., Chicago (www.spss.com) that runs on PCs, most mainframes and minis and is used extensively in marketing research. It provides over 50 statistical processes, including regression analysis, correlation and analysis of variance. to input the data. Percentage were used to describe the agriculture teachers selected demographic characteristics while mean, standard deviation In statistics, the average amount a number varies from the average number in a series of numbers.
(statistics) standard deviation - (SD) A measure of the range of values in a set of numbers. and ranks were used to describe the factors associated with the attrition of agriculture teachers. In order to identify the position of each of the 48 statements in the domains, means were generated and ranked.
To describe the level of agreement between the 7 domains of Remuneration, Interpersonal in·ter·per·son·al
1. Of or relating to the interactions between individuals: interpersonal skills.
2. relations, Advancement, Professional factors, working conditions, Administrative factors and Autonomy, overall means were generated for each of the domain. An average mean of the liken lik·en
tr.v. lik·ened, lik·en·ing, lik·ens
To see, mention, or show as similar; compare.
[Middle English liknen, from like, similar; see like2 scale figures used to collect the data was taken. Overall mean of 3.5 or above was taken to denote de·note
tr.v. de·not·ed, de·not·ing, de·notes
1. To mark; indicate: a frown that denoted increasing impatience.
2. agreement with all the statements in each domain and a mean below 3.5 was considered to denote disagreement.
Results and Discussion
Table 1 contains the demographic information about the respondents. The demographic information included sex, level of education, teaching experience in agriculture, marital status, age, type of school and salary. The total number of respondents as shown in Table 13 was 91. Out of the 91 respondents 71 (78.1%) were males and 20 (21.9%) were females. Regarding their level of Education, 24 (26.4%) had first degree, 3 (3.33%) had certificate in agriculture, and 7 (7.7%) had O'level and equivalent. About 59% of the respondents had a diploma DIPLOMA. An instrument of writing, executed by, a corporation or society, certifying that a certain person therein named is entitled to a certain distinction therein mentioned.
2. degree in Agricultural education while only 3.3.% had a Master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. in Agriculture or Agriculture Education. Pertaining per·tain
intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. to their period of service, most 46 (50.5%) served for I to 5 years; 17 (18.7%) had served for a period of 6 - 10 years; 17 (18.7%) had served for 11 - 15 years; 8 (8.7%) has served for a period of 16 - 20 years, and only 3 (3.3%) had served for a period of 21 and above years. Furthermore, large proportion of the respondents 42 (47.2%) were between 20 and 30 years of age; 36 (40.4%) were between 40 years of age 6 (6.6%) were between 41 and 50 years old, and 5 (5.6%) were 51 and above age. Most of the respondents 73 (80.2%) taught in Community owned schools; 2 (2.2%) taught in government-aided Mission schools, and 15 (17.6%) taught in government-owned schools. Most of the respondents 43 (48.3%) were paid a salary between P16 000 and 25 000 per annum; 33 (35.9%) were paid between P26 000 and P35 000; 10 (11.2%) were paid between P5000 and P15 000, and only 3 (3.3%) were paid between P36 000 and above per annum.
Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of Respondents
Demographic Characteristics Frequency Percentage 1. Sex Male 71 78.1 Female 20 22.9 2. Level of Education O'level/Equivalent 7 7.7 Certificate in Agric 3 3.3 Diploma Agric. Ed. 54 59.3 Bsc. Agric. and Agric. Ed. 24 26.3 Msc. Agric. or Ed. 3 3.3 3. Teaching Experience 1-5 years 46 50.5 6-10 years 17 18.7 11-15 years 17 18.7 16-20 years 8 8.7 21 years and above 3 3.3 4. Marital Status Single 52 57.1 Married 38 41.8 5. Age 20-30 years 42 47.2 31-40 years 36 40.4 41-50 years 6 6.7 51 years and above 5 5.6 6. Type of School Government - Owned 15 17.6 Government - aided Mission 2 2.2 Community - Owned 73 80.2 7. Salary (Pula) per Annum P5 000 - P15 000 10 11.2 P16 000 - P25 000 43 48.3 P26 000 - P35 000 33 35.9 P36 000 - and above 3 3.3
In Table 2, the mean ranking of all the 48 statement in the seven domains indicated that lack of allowance paid to agricultural teachers for working after hours Adv. 1. after hours - not during regular hours; "he often worked after hours" topped the list of the statements. This was closely followed by the lack of benefits to the teachers, both in the domain of Remuneration. Attractive conditions was ranked third while large class sizes for practical agriculture came fourth, both under the domain of working conditions.
Table 2 Means and Standard Deviations of the Factors Influencing the Attrition of Agriculture Teachers in Secondary Schools in Botswana
A. Remuneration Factors Associated with Attrition X SD Rank Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 1. Salary is low 4.75 1.44 5 2. Pay criteria used by teaching 4.25 1.16 8 service in not appropriate 3. Pay in relation to others 3.99 1.72 14 in similar jobs is low 4. Pay compared to other in 3.48 1.60 19 neighbouring countries is low 5. Lack of benefits 4.95 1.41 2 6. No allowance paid to 5.09 1.46 1 agriculture teachers for working after hours Overall Mean 4.41 1.47 B. Interpersonal Relation factors associated with attrition X SD Rank Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 7. Poor interpersonal relations 2.28 1.31 42 among colleagues 8. Poor interpersonal relations 2.71 1.53 33 with headteachers 9. Poor interpersonal relations 2.70 1.47 34 with Senior Education Officers 10. Agriculture teachers are 2.11 1.49 43 undermined by students 11. Agriculture teachers are 2.29 1.44 41 undermined by other teachers 12. Agriculture teachers are 1.93 1.25 44 undermined by the community 13. Community pressures are high 2.45 1.45 37 for agriculture teachers Overall Mean 2.35 1.42 C. Advancement factors associated X SD Rank with attrition Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 14. Lack of promotion 4.01 1.67 12 15. Lack of inservice training 3.72 1.73 16 for agriculture teachers 16. There are limited opportunities 4.03 1.79 11 of further studies 17. There is high demand of 4.24 1.45 9 agriculture teachers in other sectors 18. Lack of study leave 3.21 1.71 23 Overall Mean 3.84 1.67 D. Professional factors associated X SD Rank with attrition Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 19. Lack of challenge in 2.81 1.72 31 agriculture 20. Agriculture teachers lack 1.45 0.87 48 confidence in subject matter 21. Agriculture teachers spend more 1.71 0.91 47 time on students problems than in teaching 22. Students lack interest in 3.44 1.66 20 agriculture 23. No formal recognition of good 4.18 1.57 10 performance for agriculture teachers 24. Frustration due to poor results 2.87 1.46 29 25. Lack of logistical support 3.51 1.62 18 Overall Mean 2.85 1.40 E. Working conditions associated with attrition X SD Rank Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 26. Heavy teaching loads 4.51 1.52 6 27. Insufficient resources for 4.25 1.52 7 teaching agriculture 28. Inadequate preparation time for 3.17 1.37 24 agriculture teachers 29. Agriculture teachers attend 3.99 1.66 13 class activities after normal working hours 30. There is drudgery in 3.14 1.55 24 agriculture 31. There are attractive conditions 4.89 1.06 3 of service in other sectors of economy 32. Class sizes are not ideal for 4.79 1.46 4 practical agriculture 33. Too much paperwork in teaching 3.57 1.61 17 agriculture 34. Lack of morale in agriculture 3.14 1.64 25 teachers 35. Agriculture teachers do not 3.93 1.84 15 enjoy benefits enjoyed by other public officers 36. School holidays are short 2.82 1.68 30 compared to other similar jobs Overall Mean 3.79 1.53 F. Administrative factors X SD associated with attrition Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 37. There is a lack of awareness 2.43 1.27 38 regarding school policies and rules 38. Agriculture teachers are not 2.90 1.54 28 involved in design of the curriculum 39. Agriculture teachers are not 2.64 1.43 35 involved in school decision making 40. There is unfair periodic 3.25 1.68 22 transfer of agriculture teachers 41. There is political interference 2.58 1.54 36 in education 42. Students' subject combinations 3.37 1.85 21 render them no future in agriculture Overall Mean 2.86 1.55 G. Autonomy factors associated X SD Rank with attrition Agriculture teachers leave teaching because: 43. They are not given freedom to 2.41 1.41 34 express their beliefs concerning agriculture operation 44. They are not given freedom to 2.68 1.44 39 take part in solving department problems 45. They are not given the freedom 1.87 1.06 46 to discipline students during practicals 46. They are not given the freedom 1.91 1.11 45 to discipline students during class hours 47. They are not given the freedom 2.94 1.55 27 to use their descretion to dispose agriculture produce 48. Students are not given freedom 2.33 1.35 40 to use their knowledge in agriculture at school Overall Mean 2.86 1.55
Low staff salary was ranked fifth under the domain of remuneration, while heavy teaching loads and in sufficient resources for teaching agriculture both under the domain of working conditions came 6th and 7th respectively. In appropriate pay conditions used by the teaching service was 8th while high demands for agriculture teachers in other sectors was ranked 9th under advancement domain. Lack of formal recognition of good performance for agriculture teachers under the domain of professional factors was ranked 10th.
Among the least in the ranking order were the statements under the professional factors that agriculture teachers lack confidence in subject matter (48) and Agriculture teachers spend more time on student problems than teaching (47). Under the Autonomy domain, the statements Agriculture teachers are not given the freedom to discipline students during practicals and are also not given the freedom to discipline students class hours were ranked 46th and 45th respectively.
The statements in the domain of interpersonal relations attracted very low ranking as could be seen on table 2. This is because the statements:- Agriculture teachers are undermined by the community, agriculture teachers are undermined by the students, poor interpersonal relations among colleagues and agriculture teachers are undermined by other teachers were ranked 44, 43, 42 and 41 respectively. The statements: students are not given freedom to use their knowledge in agriculture at school and are also not given the freedom to express their beliefs concerning agriculture operations both under the domain of Autonomy were ranked in the position of 40 and 39 respectively.
To identify in order to importance the domain that took the lead with regards to attrition of agriculture teachers in Botswana Secondary Schools mean and standard deviations were general and the mean was used to rank the seven domains.
Table 3 shows that Remuneration which has a mean of 4.41 was the most important factor affecting the attrition of secondary school teachers in Botswana. This was closely followed by lack of advancement with a mean of 3.84 working conditions had a mean of 3.79 with the third position while administrative factors and professional factors which had a mean of 2.86 and 2.85 were ranked 4th and 5th respectively. Interpersonal relations and autonomy had equal ranking (6th) with both having a mean of 2.35 respectively.
Table 3 Mean and Standard Deviations of the Factors Influencing the Attrition of Agriculture Teachers in Botswana Secondary Schools when pulled together
Factors x SD Mean Ranking Renumeration 4.41 1.47 1 Interpersonal Relation Factors 2.35 1.42 6 Advancement 3.84 1.67 2 Professional Factors 2.85 1.40 5 Working Conditions 3.79 1.53 3 Administrative Factors 2.86 1.55 4 Automony 2.35 1.32 9
Overall means for each domain using the off point of 3.5 revealed that the respondents agreed with Remuneration ([bar] x 4.41) Advancement ([bar] x 3.81) and work conditions ([bar] x 3.79) as major factors associated with attrition of agriculture teachers in secondary schools in Botswana.
Conclusion and Recommendation
Based on the study, there were more male teachers than female teachers in the teaching service of Botswana. There is therefore a need to conscientize females to attract them to the teaching profession. Most agriculture teachers were found to possess diploma qualifications in agriculture. There is a need also to upgrade the agriculture teachers to a degree level to enlace the mastery of the subject matter. The study clearly reveeled that remuneration, advancement and working conditions were the domains mostly responsible for the attrition of agriculture teachers in Botswana secondary schools. Policy makers and administrators should give attention to these areas. Also the statements within all the domains that were found to be high in order of ranking deserve to be attended to by the policy makers and administrators.
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