An Assessment of the Industrial Attachment Course undertaken through the ODL Mode: A case of the B.Sc. Honours in Physical Education and Sport Programme in the Zimbabwe Open University.

T M Muswazi, W Namusi


The study sought to assess the effectiveness of the instruments used to ensure quality during the
Industrial Attachment (IA) period, in the Physical Education and Sport (PES) Programme of
the Zimbabwe Open University. Data collection in this qualitative research study was through
document analysis and semi-structured interviews. Criterion purposive sampling identified
thirteen from a population of fifty-two students registered for the IA course in 2012. Involvement
in IA allows the attachés to put theory into practice. A combination of theoretical
knowledge and practical skills provided by IA will produce a competent individual who will
become productive in industry (Mafe, 2010). IA also provides an opportunity to establish links
with the PES industry for both technical and administrative development (English and Koeppen,
1993). It brings awareness to the university knowledge gaps and the necessary improvement
desired for quality training (Bukaliya, 2012). To improve, Bukaliya (2012) emphasises the
need for universities to increase visits and revisit their regulations. The instruments were found
to be informative, user friendly and effective in determining the quality of the programme.
Reports from the cooperating partners and the attachés indicate a need to improve on issues
including the extension of the attachment period, provision of resources by the university,
improvement of competency and confidence of the student as he/she is admitted into the attachment
programme. The study recommends consideration of human resource issues in the
programme to enable adequate preparation and supervision of students on attachment. It also
recommends the introduction of an attachment fee which will cater for needs of those involved.

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