1.1 Background of the Study
In Nigeria, the training of teachers has been the primary responsibility of colleges of education, National teachers institute and universities. These academic institutions prepare teachers at the certificate and degree levels. Upon the completion of the training programmes, successful graduates seek employment in departments and ministries of education. Other employers of labour often consider these graduates of educational discipline for employment in teaching jobs. It is sometimes common to see some educational institutions engaging the services of some graduates who are not professionally trained (Ewue 2002 and Okoro, 2001).
According to the National Policy on Education (Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), 1981) all teachers in educational institutions shall be professionally trained, stressing that teacher education programmes are structured to equip teachers for effective performance of their duties. There are some disciplines in education that involve the use of machines and equipment, teachers of these disciplines must acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in the operations of these machines and equipment through in-service training, workshops and conferences.
The pre-service training of those disciplines especially business education lecturers at various levels does not adequately provided for adaptation in real field of work (Okoro, 2001). This is due to so many factors such as inadequate and outdated teaching facilities and ill-equipped manpower in the course of training which presuppose that in-service training is needed. Ayeduso (2000), Aliyu (2001), Chukwumezie (2001) noted that, teacher training institutions lack modern facilities for effective teaching of some courses, consequently many of today’s teachers have not been trained with modern machines and
equipment. The pre-service training of teacher’s education does not adequately prepare them for ICT-based jobs due to the lack of infrastructural facilities.
INFLUENCE OF IN-SERVICE TRAINING ON THE JOB PERFORMANCE OF LECTURERS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN NORTH-WEST ZONE, NIGERIA