Demand and supply of human resources in senior public secondary schools in Rivers State
Nwosu Ezinne Chinyere, Nwafor Samuel O
The study examined the demand and supply of human resources in secondary schools in Rivers State. Four research questions and four hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. A descriptive design was adopted. The population of the study consisted of all the two hundred and forty- seven (247) Public Senior Secondary Schools and 247 principals in Rivers State. The sample size consisted of all the 247 principals of Public Senior Secondary Schools representing 100% of the entire population of study. A self-constructed questionnaire instrument tagged “Demand and supply of Human Resources in Secondary School Questionnaire (DSHSSSQ)” was used for data collection. The mean, standard deviation and weighted mean were used to answer the research questions, while z-test was used in testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that there are more teachers with master’s degrees, poor salary for teachers leads to low teachers in public senior secondary schools. Also, irregular payment of pension leads to the inadequacy of human resources in public senior secondary schools and stable payment of gratuities pension will lead to a high supply of teaching staff in public secondary schools. Furthermore, the mean ratings of male and female principals on the quality of human resources demand in secondary schools and ways of tackling the challenges in the supply of human resources in public secondary schools was the same. It was discovered that the quality of teachers supplied to public senior secondary schools should be of importance because the quality of students produced is determined by the quality of teachers that they have. It was therefore recommended that there should be a proper plan for the payment of pensions to teaching and non-teaching staff retirees and budgetary allocation for education should be increased, especially as it has to do with accommodating more human resources in secondary schools.