An investigation into retention of Teachers. A comparative study of Effiduasi Senior High School and T.I Ahmadiyya Girls Senior High School

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The purpose of this research was to investigate into the retention of teachers of Effiduasi Senior High School (EFFISCO) and Asokore TI Ahmadiyya Girls Senior High School (AMGISS). The main objective of the study was to investigate into factors that influence the retention of teachers of the two schools. It sought to find out what such retention has towards the growth of the school. The research was descriptive in nature based on empirical evidence in the form of primary data collected in two schools which were purposively sampled. Structured questionnaires were administered to 64 teachers from both schools. The data was analysed using the statistical package of social sciences (SPSS) and the final results presented in tables, bar graphs and pie charts for simplicity. It was found out that teachers in the sampled schools are willing and ready to stay if the school environment suit teaching and learning processes. Thus providing the appropriate teaching aids and conducive classroom environment will be a retention factor for teachers, Finally, the survey revealed that, apart from power culture which is significantly related employee retention none of the other culture types (support, role and achievement) relate significantly with employee retention in both schools under study. It is recommended that substantial non-monetary influence can help induce teacher retention. These include increasing local opportunities for teachers and postgraduate training, rewarding staff according to differential workloads, especially for those working in locations that are considered deprived. In conclusion, it should be noted that retention management is a shared responsibility of the government, Ghana Education Service (GES), policy makers and therefore, must not be left in the hand of headmasters and headmistresses alone.
A thesis submitted to the Knust School of Business in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Masters of Business Administration.