POSSIBLE STRATEGIES AND ALTERNATIVE PROFESSIONS OF TEACHERS TO IMPROVE TEACHER RETENTION IN THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
The purpose of the study is to examine the alternative professions of teachers who leave teaching in senior high schools and possible strategies to improve teacher retention in senior high schools. The specific objectives of the study were to find out the preferred alternative professions of teachers who leave senior high schools in the districts and finally to ascertain some possible strategies to improve teacher retention in the senior high schools in the districts. The research followed a quantitative approach and a descriptive sample survey design. A total sample of 213 respondents from four public senior high schools in the districts was selected using stratified and simple random sampling techniques. A standardized questionnaire for data collection has been developed. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and percentages. The study revealed that the majority of the respondents who have planned to leave their schools preferred the following professions: NGOs, private businesses, politics, teaching in different SHS outside the districts, private companies, teaching in tertiary institutions, further education. Financial institutions, small scale mining, transport business, poultry farming, etc. this study focused on Alternative professions of teachers and possible strategies to improve the teacher retention rate of the only permanent teaching staff of the four public senior high schools in Asutifi North and South districts, namely; OLA Girls’ senior high school and Gyamfi Kumanin senior high school all in the Asutifi north. Heidi senior high school and Acherensua senior high school in the Asutifi south. These schools were selected for the study because the researcher has worked in the area as a teacher in senior high school and has witnessed quite several teachers leaving these schools, after working for a few years.