ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT REDUCTION IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Uju, Ughamadu
  • Ogbaji, N.M.
  • Nwanne, E.I.
  • Obionu, U.A.

Abstract

The study investigated entrepreneurship education and unemployment reduction in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study was guided by four research questions and four null hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study comprised all 1,915 NCE and Bed Economics students of the African Thinkers Community. Stratified random sampling technique was used to draw 345 students for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. The instrument was duly validated by three experts and subjected to reliability test using the test re-test method which yielded a coefficient value of 0.90. The data collected were analyzed using the mean to answer the research questions and chi-square to test the hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed among others that the causes of unemployment among graduates of Economics in Anambra State include: lack of entrepreneurial skills demanded by employers, high cost of living, low industrialization, ack of social amenities and over-population. It also found that entrepreneurship education equips the graduates with vocational skills like sowing, cake making, soap making, designing barbing; it helps one to start up a personal business; it helps provides the graduates the techniques for creating self-employment venture. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that government should regularly train and retrain teachers that teach entrepreneurship education through workshops, conferences seminars, study leaves to enable them to acquire marketable skills for the achievement of the aims and objectives of the programme.

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Published

2022-06-01