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CLASSROOM DELIVERY FOR EMPLOYABILITY AT TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS: A STUDY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS IN BOTSWANA

Shynet Chivasa*1, Sumburani Sigauke2

Journal Title:Global Journal of Engineering Science and Research Management (GJESRM)
Abstract


The research investigates how classroom delivery can enhance employability of tertiary institutions graduates. A number of industry captains were interviewed on the employability of tertiary education graduates and the majority raised concern on the missing skills which make it difficult to rate tertiary education graduates as employable. These missing skills includes among others, communication skills, interpersonal skills, business and customer awareness, problem solving abilities, innovativeness, practical knowledge transfer and positive attitude. The curriculum development process of most tertiary institutions was found to be in line with the industry expectations. The content and depth of the curriculum are at par with the industry. Having designed a curriculum with employability in mind, the question is what is then lacking to enhance the development of skills for employability. The research findings concluded that a well-crafted curriculum, suitable learning environment and suitable assessments , if not supported by an effective teaching or class delivery method would not achieve the goals of employability and thus the need to ensure that, tutors though professional in their areas, are trained and equipped with the skills to teach employability. What was also found interesting are the challenges faced by tutors when using teaching methods that would facilitate the development of employability skills? These challenges are; the pressure to develop subject related skills, course content depth and breadth coverage as expected by sometimes the accrediting bodies and the rewarding system which focuses on the percentage of students who pass the subject related content. This forces the tutor to concentrate more on subject related skills than the employability skills.

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