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ASSESSMENT OF ECONOMICS CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN OYO STATE
Abstract: The study assessed the Economics curriculum implementation in colleges of education and secondary schools in Oyo State. The study determined the relevance of Economics curriculum contents of colleges of education to the Economics curriculum contents of senior secondary schools and also determined the appropriateness of teaching strategies employed in the colleges of education and senior secondary schools in the State. Lastly, it assessed the quantity and quality of available resources for teaching of Economics in colleges of education and senior secondary schools in the State. The study employed survey research design. The population consisted of Economics Lecturers from Colleges of Education and Economics Teachers of senior secondary schools in Oyo State. The total sum of 140 respondents constituted the study sample out of which 20 Economics lecturers were from Colleges of Education and 120 Economics teachers from secondary schools in the state selected using multistage sampling procedure. Three instruments were used for the collection of the data which includes: Economics Curricula Contents Checklist (ECCC), Observation of Teaching Strategies Checklist (OTSC), and Teaching Resources Checklist (TRC). Data collected were analyzed using simple count and percentages. The results revealed that both Economics lecturers from colleges of education in Oyo State had the minimum numbers required by National Commission for College of Education (NCCE), but from the staff-students ratio perspective the findings showed 1: 57 to1:25 as stipulated by NCCE. Economics teachers in secondary schools in Oyo State had basic requirement for teaching Economics as 83% hold (B. Ed and B.Sc. Ed) in education and 12% hold NCE while 7% teaches Economics but were not a specialist. The few available instructional materials, stationeries and non-teaching personnel required by NCCE were not adequate. The study concluded that implementation of Economics curriculum contents in Oyo State colleges of education and senior secondary schools in the state suffer from lack of diversification and combination of teaching strategies as appropriate cum inadequate used of instructional materials right from colleges of education to secondary schools.
Key words: Assessment, Economics, Curriculum implementation