Technical Teachers’ Rating of Workshop Facilities Maintenance Practices for Effective Training Programmes in Technical Colleges in Delta State
The insufficient exposure to workshop practice might be blamed for the incapacity of technical college graduates, particularly in Delta State, to fit into any field without additional training or start their businesses. This can be because the technical institutes lack workshop facilities or because they are in poor condition. The facility maintenance culture embraced by the technical colleges is called into question by this circumstance. The purpose of this study is to determine technical teachers' ratings of workshop facilities maintenance practices in technical colleges. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The area of the study was Delta State. There was no sampling; therefore, the entire population was studied. The population for the study was 292 technical teachers from all six technical colleges in Delta State. Two research questions guided the study. A 16-item structured questionnaire validated by three experts was used for data collection, while the reliability was determined using Cronbach's alpha internal consistency method and a reliability coefficient value of 0.82 was obtained. Mean and Standard Deviation were used to answer the research questions, while the t-test was used to test the hypotheses at a 0.05 level of significance. Findings from the study indicated among others that technical teachers rated predictive and preventive maintenance practices to a moderate extent, based on the findings. It was, therefore, recommended among others that Technical College Managers should ensure that only competent teachers preferably those with industrial experiences are recruited so that minor maintenance issues as it affects workshop facilities are handled by them.