Kenneth Kapalu Muzata, Madalitso Khulupirika Banja, Kalisto Kalimaposo


This paper reports the findings of a study whose purpose was to assess student perceptions of the programmes of study they were pursuing. To do this the study profiled 87 students. A mixed methods approach was adopted and data were collected using questionnaires and interviews. Quantitative data were analysed by use of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 16 to obtain frequencies, percentages and differences between the two programmes in terms of student perceptions of their programmes of study. Qualitative data were analysed thematically with use of verbatim responses that indicated the respondents’ perceptions. Results indicated that although students were satisfied with the study of the two programmes, they had different career prospects. Respondents expressed desire to be trained for other jobs other than teaching. Students recommended that the school programmes’ content should also focus on preparing them for other jobs other than teaching. The study recommended reorientation of students about the main aim of the two newly introduced programmes.

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