Analysis of Factors Influencing Transition of Students From Secondary Schools to Vocational Institutions: A Case Study of YMCA
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The study is an Analysis of Factors Influencing Transition from Secondary Schools to Vocational Institutions: A Case Study of YMCA. Specifically, the study sought to find out the effect of individual-based characteristics, vocational school facilities, parental education and parental income on transition from secondary to vocational training institutes. This research adopted a descriptive research design that aimed at collection of data from YMCA and the tabulation of frequencies on research variables and the research reveals who, what, when, where or how much. A Simple Random Sampling was used to select 141 students and 36 staff members from the total population to participate in the study. The study findings revealed that Out of the 141 students interviewed. An overwhelming majority (95%; n = 134) were Ugandan students while a few were non-Ugandans and 53% (n = 75) of the students were female while 46% (n = 66) were male. With regards to the teachers, YMCA institution has more male teachers than the female teachers. Of these, 47% (n = 17) had post-graduate degrees; 39% (n = 14) had Bachelor degrees. Results further reveal that gender of the student significantly predicts transition of students from High school to vocational institutions, and also Out of 83 students admitted on UACE, 82 were unlikely to be admitted to YMCA and Out of 58, 31 students were highly likely to transit to the vocational institutions whereas Student nationality appeared to be independent as far as student’s transition to vocational institutions is concerned. Certification of Teachers and Training; Requirements for the certification of vocational education teachers should be modified to reflect the needs of vocational education. To serve adequately the need of vocational education, teacher training institutions should develop.