Role of Leadership in Performance of Primary Schools in Kenya: A Case of Mombasa District

Mwamuye, Mwatsuma Kitti; Mulambe, Silvester Ohene; Mrope, Noel Peter; Cherutich, Bernard Kibet
November 2012
International Journal of Business & Commerce;Nov2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p21
Academic Journal
Case Study
Education in Kenya has continued being important in propelling the country's development going by the prominence it is being given by the government. The head teachers', teachers and parents' role in the primary school management .remains crucial if the government has to meet its goals. The head teacher is however undoubtedly the central person in all the leadership and team work exhibited in any school. That therefore makes it relevant to appraise any school performance based on the leadership roles of the head teachers, teachers and parents. The study was premised on the fact that despite the government support, public primary schools in Coast province Kenya continued to perform poorly with an exception of Mombasa County. It was against that backdrop that the study sought to establish the leadership roles exhibited by the Head teachers, parents and teachers in Mombasa County for possible emulation by the other counties in the province. A cross sectional research design was employed for all the 33 schools in Mombasa district out of which 30 responded. The target respondents were the Head teachers, Parents, Teachers and school prefects. The study was able to observe that staff monitoring, school enrolment, activeness of parents and the higher the number of male teachers in a school correlated with performance. Staff motivation, supervision, attendance level had a negative correlation with students performance. It was therefore evident that primary schools head teachers needed to enhance school monitoring for any enhanced performance to be realized. It was also necessary for various motivational means be employed so as to sustain the teachers' morale to enhance performance. Head teachers need to be capacity built on monitoring while parents role need to be clearly defined for meaningful support. Other studies covering other areas of leadership and geographical area need be considered


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