Headteachers and teachers' opinions on the hiring of teachers by boards of governors in Ol Joro Orok division, Nyandarua
Njathi, Samuel Njau
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This study specifically sought the headteachers' and teachers' opinions on recruitment of teachers by BoGs, selection of teachers by RoGs and identified problems that BoGs faced in the recruitment and selection of teachers. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. Stage sampling procedure was adopted for the sample selection. All the headteachers in the schools that were selected for the study and 40% of the teachers from each of the sampled schools were randomly sampled for the study. This yielded a total of 10 headteachers and 60 teachers which was 39 % of' the total teacher population and 83% of the headteaehers which translated to 43% of' the entire target population. Two sets of questionnaires; one for headteaehers and another- for teachers were developed and used for data collection. Their reliability was established through a test retest method. Data were analysed manually using descriptive statistics which included percentages, means and frequencies, and were presented in form of frequency tables. The results revealed that though headteachers and teachers in 01 Joro Orok Division were all qualified as teachers, most (70%) of the headteaehers had not been trained on Human Resource Development which covers the concepts of recruitment and selection of teachers and that tile BoGs recruitment strategies in schools were not satisfactory. Consideration of candidates' age, interest in co-curricular activities and teaching experience were reported as unnecessary and that induction of BoGs' teachers' selection panel members was not adequate. The researcher recommended that head teachers/teachers and BoG members needed to be trained in Human Resource Development, schools should provide registers where the applicants who submit their applications should sign to avoid cases where the applicants with better/ higher qualifications than the favoured applicants were discarded and that other than advertisement through the local newspapers, other means/ channels of advertisement should be sought. As suggestions for further research, the researcher recommended that the study could be replicated in a wider area say, a province or in other parts of the country in a bid to compare findings and that a comparative study could be conducted to determine the difference in opinions of headteaehers and teachers between the current mode of hiring of teachers and the earlier; mode where Teachers' Service Commission employed teachers directly.