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Towards academic staff satisfaction of working conditions of service at HO Polytechnic, Ghana

Dehlor, Stephen Afenyo (2006) Towards academic staff satisfaction of working conditions of service at HO Polytechnic, Ghana.

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Abstract:The overall purpose of the study is to provide the management of Ho polytechnic with information and analysis to assist them in formulating and implementing teacher policies that will lead to quality teaching and learning at the polytechnic. The study is concerned with key issues related to attracting, recruiting and retaining of qualified teachers, and to identify innovative and successful strategic initiatives and practices that will enhance the working conditions of service for academics in the polytechnic. Ho Polytechnic as an autonomous institution has a governance structure made up of the polytechnic council, academic board, principal officers, deans and heads of departments. The Principal per the statues is the chief executive of the polytechnic and responsible for the day-to-day administration. The study is motivated by the fact that Ghana is losing, in significant numbers, a fundamental resource in socio-economic and political development – i.e., its intellectual capital. As the processes of globalization take shape, it is becoming abundantly clear that full, effective, and beneficial participation in the world that is emerging will depend, in no small measure, on the ability of societies to build and take advantage of their human resource capabilities. In the absence of such capabilities, a country like Ghana cannot expect to compete at any appreciable level with her counterparts, not only in the industrialized world, but also from other developing areas which have made the investment and developed the relevant capacities. A well-developed human capacity base is not only an asset that enables countries to promote forward-looking ideas, initiate and guide action, and build on successes; it also make those countries attractive destinations for investment and intellectual collaboration, both of which, if managed appropriately, will lead to positive returns. A solid higher education base is crucial for such transformation to take place. Unfortunately, much of the expertise base of polytechnic education in Ghana has been eroded to the extent that there is not enough capacity to provide quality training for new generations of citizens. This is due to a variety of factors, including inadequate and non-competitive salaries, heavy workload without adequate compensation and lack of job satisfaction due to non-monetary reasons. In this report, the researcher seeks to understand these factors, analyse what the institution is doing to address them, and suggested feasible responses to the problem.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/526
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