LECTURERSâ€™ JOB PERFORMANCE AND STUDENTSâ€™ WASTAGE RATE IN TERTIARY IN KWARA STATE INSTITUTIONS, NIGERIA, 2007-2010
Keywords:Lecturers, Job performance, Wastage Rate, Drop-out, Repetition
This paper investigated the lecturersâ€™ job performance and studentsâ€™ wastage rate in tertiary institutions, in Kwara State, Nigeria, 2007/2008-2009/2010 academic session. Lecturer job performance and student wastage rate concepts were reviewed under which some indicators for measuring both variables were mentioned. The descriptive design of correlation type was adopted for this study which aimed at finding out the relationship between lecturersâ€™ job performance and studentsâ€™ wastage rate. Four out of the eight tertiary institutions in Kwara State were sampled using random simple sampling technique. Two researcher designed instruments were used for data collection which are a questionnaire tagged, â€œLecturersâ€™ Job Performance Questionnaireâ€ (LJPQ) and a checklist tagged â€œStudentsâ€™ Wastage Checklistâ€ (SWC). Cronbach method through a pilot test was employed to determine the reliability of the instrument which yielded coefficient values of 0.85 for (LJPQ). The research questions were answered using percentage while Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study showed that a significant relationship existed between lecturersâ€™ job performance and studentsâ€™ wastage rate (p-value < 0.05). It was recommended among others that wastage rate should be reduced to the barest minimum by ensuring that admission is based on merit, and that institution management in the polytechnics should encourage lecturers to publish books and also improve their academic knowledge from time to time.