Can Recruitment, Success, Gender Equality and Retention Rates be Enhanced in Vocational Fisheries Education with a Shift in Delivery Mode to ODL
Bangladesh Open University has been offering a certificate programme on fisheries namely Certificate in Pisciculture and Fish Processing (CPFP) through its School of Agriculture and Rural Development from January 1998, with the aim of creating self-employment and poverty alleviation. The aim of this study was to find out the problems and prospects of vocational education in fisheries being effectively delivered through open and distance mode. A structured questionnaire was prepared to collect data on different aspects of the programme. The specific areas covered in the questionnaire were background characteristics of the learners, programme presentation, skill development, employment/promotion and programme cost borne by the learners. The questionnaires were administered on a significant number of learners in face-to-face situation and focus group discussions were also carried out with the tutors. A number of dropouts, successful learners and their employers were also interviewed. The potential clientele of this programme, therefore, included significant numbers of learners from rural areas, particularly youth and distressed women who must continue to work to support their families. However, participation of female students was very low in comparison to the males. The completion rate of the programme was 55%. On the other hand, dropout rate was very high (about 36%). Results of this study revealed that the programme was effective and appropriate in terms of skill development for self-employment and poverty alleviation although a significant number of learners dropped out from the programme for a variety of reasons. Therefore, measures should be taken to improve and develop a sustainable ODL delivery mechanism so that learner becomes attracted to the programme. // Paper ID: 49
AuthorAzad Shah, A K M
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