Students’ Assessment Of Farm Practical Programme In Selected Universities Of Southwestern, Nigeria
AbstractThe study evaluates students’ assessment of farm practical programme in selected universities of southwestern Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling technique was used in selecting 180 students from 6 selected universities in the study area. Frequency counts, percentages, chi-square, Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Analysis of variance were used in analyzing the data. Result of analysis shows that majority of the students are within the age range of 22-26 years with a mean age of 24 years. More
than half of the students were males, entered the university through Joint Admission Matriculation Board Examination and do not choose agriculture as their first choice of career at the point of entry into the university. Students are involve in both crop and animal production activities. Students reported that lack of planning, improper implementation of activities lined up for the programme, lack of fund to properly finance the programme and insufficient time to gain competence in skill acquired are some of the problems faced during the programme. However, students derived benefits from the programme and assessed the farm practical programme as averagely effective. There is significant difference in students’ assessment of farm practical programme across the selected universities. It is therefore recommended that government should make adequate provision in the curriculum of primary and junior secondary schools to encourage agriculture as a profession and also introduce students to practical training in agriculture through attachment to agricultural related firms during each session break to gain competence in skills acquired knowledge and be well grounded in the practices agricultural production.