The Cost Elements of Mentoring to the Student Teacher: The Moderating Role of Mentees’ Gender and the Location of Schools of Attachment
This study examined the moderating role of gender of mentees and the location of schools of attachment and its impact on the cost of the mentoring process. The cross-sectional and descriptive survey designs were blended to address the stated objectives along with the quantitative approach. Structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 810 mentees (477 males and 333 females) for the analyses. Frequencies, percentages, two-way ANOVA and predictive margins were used for the analyses. The major cost areas identified were accommodation, feeding, utility bills, transportation and stationery. Generally, the results indicated that, with exception of utility (electricity and water), gender and location individually explained the magnitude of the cost of the mentoring programme on the mentees but their joint effect did not. Specifically, more mentees in the urban areas irrespective of gender spent more on accommodation than mentees in the rural areas. Nonetheless, males in the urban areas spent more on accommodation than females in the urban areas and females in both the rural and urban areas spent more on utility bills and feeding than the male mentees. It was also observed that location of school of attachment did not significantly influence the payment of utility bills. The study concluded that with exception of accommodation and stationery; the female mentees felt the cost of the mentoring process in the areas of utility and feeding than the males. The study recommended that: the government pays special allowance to the student teachers during the mentoring session but the females’ package should be higher than the males and the school authorities should provide decent accommodation for all mentees posted to their schools.
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