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Investigation for Availability of Laboratory Technicians and Laboratory Facilities for Public Secondary Schools in Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania

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A science laboratory technician has an essential role to play in the current and future science education. This study investigated availability of qualified laboratory technicians and laboratory facilities in 10 public secondary schools at Ubungo municipal. The study used quantitative and qualitative descriptive survey design where quantitative data from a sample of 10 head of schools, 30 science teachers, 2 laboratory technicians and 150 students from ten schools were drawn using random sampling technique. The data was collected by using structured questionnaire, and conducted focusing group discussion. Analysis were done by using Microsoft Excel had revealed that over 80% of ten schools had no qualified laboratory technicians only 20% had qualified laboratory technicians. Also, the study found that 70% among ten schools were found to have sufficient laboratory facilities with the necessary basic laboratory equipment but 30% were identified to have insufficient laboratory facilities. However, the study found that students’ accessibility to practical sessions in their school is very limited to the schools with no qualified laboratory technicians but to the schools with qualified laboratory technicians had more privilege of attending more regularly into practical sessions. According to the head of schools and science teachers commented that absence of qualified laboratory technicians affects implementation of science subjects and practical learning to students, hence hinder performance in science subjects. Appropriate conclusion and recommendation are suggested based on the findings and experience from the schools.

DOI 10.11648/j.ijsts.20241201.15
Published in International Journal of Science, Technology and Society (Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2024)
Page(s) 44-62
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Laboratory Facilities, Laboratory Technicians, Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania, Survey 2023

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    Wekwe W, Mina R, Masaulwa J, Mafie A, Mnahuva K, et al. Investigation for Availability of Laboratory Technicians and Laboratory Facilities for Public Secondary Schools in Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania. Int J Sci Technol Soc. 2024;12(1):44-62. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20241201.15

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  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Education, St. Joseph University in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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