EVALUATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FABRICATION AND WELDING INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN GOMBE STATE, NIGERIA
The study sought to evaluate the availability of fabrication and welding instructional facilities in science and technical colleges in Gombe State. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. It was a survey research design used and the entire population of metalwork technology teachers and laboratory technologies were used. Due to the size of population no sampling was carried out. Instrument for data collection was structured and validated questionnaire with reliability coefficient of stability 0.86. The questionnaire distributed by hand and also collected back with help of three research assistants. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. t-test was used to test the null hypotheses with reliability coefficient of stability 0.86. Statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) version 25 was used for data analyses. The decision rule for the research questions was to accept if the computed mean score value exceeds 2.50 and otherwise reject when the computed mean score value falls below 2.50 while the decision rule for the hypotheses was to accept the null hypothesis if the calculated p-value is greater than 0.05 and otherwise reject if the calculated p-value is less than 0.05. The findings revealed that many vital facilities are not available while some available are not adequate for the teaching of fabrication and welding. It was therefore recommended that all stakeholders should contribute financially and materially to enhance availability of metalwork technology instructional facilities.