INFLUENCE OF ENTRENEURIAL EDUCATION ON SELF- EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF FINAL YEAR STUDENTS OF PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ORLU EDUCATIONAL ZONE OF IMO STATE
Keywords:impact, entrepreneurship studies, self-employment, prospects, public secondary schools.
The study sought to determine the influence of entrepreneurial studies on self-employment prospects of final year students of public secondary schools in Orlu Education Zone of Imo State. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised all 13,528 final year students in all the (326) secondary schools in the zone. A sample size of 3,264 final year students was taking through simple random sampling and used for the study. Two research questions guided the study and a structured questionnaire titled ‘Influence of Entrepreneurial Education on the Self-Employment Prospects of Final Students’ was the instrument used to collect data. The instrument was validated by three experts. The instrument consisted of two clusters: A and B. Cluster A contained (16) items on entrepreneurial knowledge with the coefficient value of 0.78 while cluster B contained (8) items on entrepreneurial skills developed for final year students through entrepreneurial studies with the coefficient of 0.96. The reliability of the instrument was obtained through Cronbach Alpha with a weighted average of 0.84 which was considered high enough for the study. The responses to the instrument were to be in line with Likert four rating scale of strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree as response options. Mean was used to analyze the data. The finding of the study among others was that facilities for entrepreneurship education in the zone are in short supply. It was then recommended among others that government should provide schools in the area with facilities for entrepreneurship education or studies.
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