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THOMAS AMANKWAA

TEACHERS’ PERCEPTION ON TURNOVER: EVIDENCE FROM SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE ASUTIFI NORTH AND SOUTH DISTRICTS IN THE AHAFO REGION OF GHANA

The purpose of the study is to examine the perception of senior high school teachers on turnover in the Asutifi north and south districts in the Ahafo region of Ghana. The specific objectives of the study were; to identify the factors that contribute to turnover among senior high school teachers in the districts, examine the perceived effects of turnover on teaching and learning, 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 schools in the districts. The study adopted quantitative approach and descriptive survey design. A total sample of 213 respondents were selected from the four public senior high schools in the districts, using stratified and simple random sampling techniques. A structured questionnaire was developed to collect data. The data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The following were the major finding of the study:  It was discovered that failure of school administrators to appreciate teachers’ efforts, low salaries, poor working conditions have the tendency to drive teachers away from their jobs. Turnover leads to increase in the number of new and inexperienced teachers in the schools. Teachers who have planned to leave the schools preferred professions like; NGOs, working in private companies, politics. Provision of good working conditions, improved salaries, and recognition of teachers would help to retain the teachers in the schools. Finally, it is recommended that teachers should be affirmed, valued and appreciated on their contributions by supervisors.