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High Turnover of Male Science Teachers Over Female Science Teachers in Public Secondary Schools in Ekiti State, Nigeria (Published)

This study sought to investigate the disparity in turnover rates between male and female science teachers in public secondary schools in Ekiti State, Nigeria, and examined differences in their conditions of service. Utilizing an ex-post facto research design, data were collected from 712 science teachers and 112 principals from a selection of 112 schools, drawn from a population of 2,950 science teachers and 205 principals. A specially designed inventory, “Science Teachers Turnover Inventory (STTI),” was employed for data collection. The study found a significant difference in turnover rates between male and female science teachers. The calculated t-value (t-cal) of 5.771 exceeded the critical t-value (t-table) of 1.96 at a 0.05 level of significance, leading to the rejection of the first null hypothesis. However, the analysis revealed no significant difference in the conditions of service for male and female science teachers. The t-cal (1.02) was less than the t-table (1.96) at a 0.05 level of significance, leading to the retention of the null hypothesis. The results indicate a need for policy changes to address the high turnover of male science teachers in Ekiti State’s public secondary schools, potentially impacting the quality of science education. Recommendations include encouraging male science teachers through special allowances and funding in-service training programs to improve their retention and professional development.

Keywords: Gender, Secondary School, high turnover, science teachers

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