A Tracer Study of Home Economics Graduates in Botswana: A Case of the University of Botswana

  • M. S. Nnyepi University of Botswana
  • F. M. Mthombeni University of Botswana
  • S. E. Mahgoub University of Botswana
  • D. Dumba University of Botswana
  • D. Mothobi University of Botswana

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive cross-sectional study was to explore career paths of graduates from the Department of Home Economics Education (DHEE) at University of Botswana (UB). This tracer study involved a survey of market demands, perceived training needs and job satisfaction of participants. A purposive sample of 100 DHEE alumni in government schools and district councils were targeted, but only 63% responded. Results indicate that 82.5% and 17.5% of graduates had bachelor’s degree and diploma qualifications from the UB respectively. In terms of occupations of participants, 80% were teachers while 20 % were in extension services. Most graduates specialised in foods & nutrition (60%), followed by textiles & clothing (17.8%), family studies (13.3%) and housing & interior design (8.9%). Two thirds of graduates felt adequately prepared for the market. Of participants with aspirations for graduate training 29.5% preferred masters’ degree training in human nutrition & dietetics, while 27.8%, 21.3%, 13.1% and 6.6% preferred textiles & clothing, foods & nutrition, child development, and general Home Economics respectively. Among other recommendations, the research proffers that the University of Botswana should offer short term training courses that cater for the demands of a technology driven employment sector.

Author Biographies

M. S. Nnyepi, University of Botswana
Lecturer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
F. M. Mthombeni, University of Botswana
Lecturer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
S. E. Mahgoub, University of Botswana
Lecturer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
D. Dumba, University of Botswana
Lecturer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
D. Mothobi, University of Botswana
Lecturer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Published
2013-11-14
Section
Articles

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