Demographic analysis of turnover intentions amongst Nigerian high school teachers

Ajayi, Stephen Oluwatoyin and Olatunji, Oluwole Alfred ORCID: (2017) Demographic analysis of turnover intentions amongst Nigerian high school teachers. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27 (1). pp. 62-87. ISSN 1839-7387


Nigeria's Universal Basic Education (UBE) program massifies access to education and school enrolment numbers have risen consistently. However, pre-existing issues have often diminished the incentive to achieve the greater goals of massification efforts. This study investigates teachers' intentions to quit; to wit, the relationship between turnover causations and teachers' demographic variables (including age, sex, work status, qualifications and years of experience). A total of 925 questionnaires received from public high school teachers in Ogun State, south-western Nigeria were analysed. Data were grouped for analysis by respondents' gender, age, qualifications, work status and years of experience. The frameworks for the analysis were: job satisfaction, personal health, work-social life balance, involuntary turnover, workload stress, LEAP leadership behaviour, organisational commitment, work environment and motivation. Methods used for analyses include descriptive methods, analysis of variance, pairwise comparisons, Cronbach's Alpha reliability estimation and T-test statistics. The study found significant correlation between teachers' intention to quit, and teachers' age, qualification, work status and experience. Teachers aged 36-45 years are least willing to quit. Teachers aged 55 years and above, and those aged below 35 years are most willing to quit. The managerial insight from this is that managers need to target employees within the age brackets that are most willing to stay-on, and to work out appropriate strategies to retain those who are most valuable to the goals of the UBE and the organisations in which they serve.

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Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 04:47
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Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher turnover, demographic variables, job satisfaction, rural education
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