MOTIVATIONAL FACTORS AND TEACHER’S JOB PERFORMANCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
The pace at which teachers are motivated for greater service is deteriorating in Nigeria is alarming. The fall in performance and productivity of the secondary school teachers is of a great concern to the stakeholders. These unfortunate situations are roped on poor management, undue political interference, poor remunerations, lack of prompt promotion, non-payment of staff entitlements and other fringe benefits due for the staff in the service and the delay in payment of staff salary. It is in light of the aforementioned scenario that the research was conducted to understand the motivational factors and teachers’ job performance in secondary schools in Mainland Local Government Area, Lagos State. However, the objectives of the research was to identify the factors that informed staff poor performance and productivity ,to understand the factors that sustain staff performance and productivity and also to examine the reasons behind the rate of labour turnover ,absenteeism and nonchalant attitudes of the staff in these local government councils. Data for the research were generated both from primary and secondary sources, and was analysed quantitatively and qualitatively ,with more focus on quantitative technique using inferential statistical tool of Chi –square, was used to test the hypotheses. The research findings revealed that managements of these schools had failed in meeting the staff welfare. Workers performance and productivity depends on the kind of motivational incentives provided to them; and that staff absenteeism and turnover is as results of lack of job satisfaction by majority of staff. The research concluded that the solutions is for the management of the local government and the State government to keep abreast with the dominant needs and the changing expectations of these teachers and equally be in constant survey of motivational incentives in relation to staff performance and productivity.
1.1 Background to the Study
Secondary schools are established to educate students to enable them contribute to the economic, political and social cultural well, being of their country. In Isu Local Government Area of Imo State, there appears to a hindrance in the realization of objectives of secondary school.