An investigation into the training skills imparted on head teachers' leading to effective performance of public primary schools in Kinango district.
Chilumo, Philip Tunje
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School head teachers playa major role in education leadership in Kenya. The purpose of this study was to investigate into the training skills imparted on school head teachers leading to effective performance in public primary schools. The government in realization of the crucial role played by the heads of institutions recommended through the Kamunge report (1988), that those appointed as heads of educational institutions should have appropriate academic qualifications, experience, ability, competence, integrity and initiative. The rnam fundamental administrative roles of head teachers' face challenges due to inadequate training in management skills. This is particularly so because there is no pre-service training courses for aspiring school head teachers and there is no follow up programme for those appointed on whether they attend any in-service course, workshops and seminars in management skills. Those who lack self- motivation therefore never attend the courses, offered by Kenya Education Staff Institute (K.E.S.I). The objectives of the study included establishing the effect of training head teachers on curriculum management on the effective performance of public primary schools, determining the effect of training head teachers on discipline and grievance handling on the effective performance of public primary schools, assessing the effect of training head teachers on the effective performance of public primary schools and determining the effect of training head teachers on the effective performance of public primary schools. Literature review was done and documented in chapter two on major areas of the study including management and administration, training, benefits of in-service training, curriculum management, staff personnel management and pupil management. The target population was 142 head teachers in public primary schools of Kinango District. The study adopted a descriptive research design in which a sample size of 43 head teachers was taken. The sampling technique used was simple random sampling. Data was collected using questionnaire method and analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques which included frequency distribution tables, percentages, pie charts and bar graphs.