Board of management members' views about their roles in enhancing the quality of education in primary schools - Busia County, Kenya
Anyang, Osinya Linet
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the Board of Management Members' on their roles in enhancing the quality of education in Teso North Sub-County, Busia County. The specific objectives were to; examine the views of board of management member's opinions about their roles in enhancing quality teaching and learning, analyze the views of Board of Management of human resources, assess the opinions of board of management members about their roles in management of financial resources. The study utilized a descriptive research design. Data were gathered in selected public primary schools in three educational zones, Amagoro, Angurai and Kolanya. There were 106 public primary schools in the three zones that formed the population of the study thus leading to utilization of different technique based on the three educational zones (strata). Second stage of sampling utilized purposive sampling in which 32 schools were selected. Four respondents were selected from each of the sampled schools and 3 educational officials were used leading to a total of 131 respondents. Data for the study was collected using questionnaires and were analyzed using SPSS vs. 20 and Excel Worksheets. Analyses were done for frequency distributions, means, modes and standard deviations. The major findings of this study were that boards of Management members are key to enhancing the quality of education in public primary schools. Board of management activities such as supervision of teachers, supervision of curriculum implementation and provision of teaching and learning resources, infrastructural development, promotion and facilitating of co-curriculum activities, creation of conducive and secured teaching and learning environment, facilitation of capacity building for human resource and improving safety of resources were key in enhancing the quality of education in public primary schools. Secondly, the study found that Board of Management roles were the most important followed by human study concluded that the Board of Management s key in discharging its duties in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in public primary schools in Teso north sub-county. This study concluded that the provision of administrative roles such as supervision of teaching methods and system, infrastructural development, provisions and ensuring the security of learning and teaching materials were key in enhancing access to quality education. "The study recommended that the government should undertake training of BoM members of their roles. There should be concerted efforts by all members in public primary schools to offer support financially, physically and morally to BoM members and there is the need to delegate some duties such as capacity building and motivation of teachers from the central government to board of management members.