The reason why graduate teachers decide to quite their job
is difficult to tell because of the complexity of turnover decision processes
involving a large number of variables. This study therefore, aims at assessing
how relative weights of teacher's satisfaction with salary, working conditions,
and professional training experiences on job satisfaction affects turnover
intentions, and actual turnover. One hundred graduate teachers made up of fifty
males and fifty females were purposively sampled for the study. Data was
gathered by administering a questionnaire which consists of three standardized
scales, job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and perception of work
environment. These scales elicited information on job satisfaction and turnover
intention of the selected participants in addition to demographic data which
elicited information on age, marital status, number of years in teaching among
others. Findings revealed that work environment had no influence on job
satisfaction and turnover intentions whiles job satisfaction correlates
negatively with turnover intentions. Male participants expressed higher
turnover intention than their female counterparts. It was also found that, number
of years of service (tenure) has minimal influence on teachers’ intentions to
leave. It was concluded that in order to reduce turnover intentions among
graduate teachers in order to resolve constant shortage of graduate teaching
personnel, a lot more is needed to be done on job satisfaction among teachers.
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