Influence of fire safety preparedness on success of fire safety projects in public secondary schools in Nairobi County, Kenya
Karoki, Mary Wangechi
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The ministry of education recognise fire disasters in schools as a serious challenge to learners' ability to attain their full potential. Fire safety projects in secondary schools, have been a serious challenge as depicted by the many fire incidences experienced in secondary schools thus the need of combined efforts in establishment of fire safety preparedness mechanisms in all learning institutions in Kenya. The purpose of this study was to establish the influence of fire safety preparedness on success of fire safety projects in public secondary schools in Nairobi County. The study assessed the influence of training, resource mobilization, management team and monitoring and evaluation on success of fire safety projects in Nairobi County. The descriptive research design was used for the study. The study targeted 11 fire safety projects in 11 public secondary schools in Nairobi County. 55 respondents were interviewed in 11 public secondary schools in Starehe Sub-county. The study used semi-structured questionnaires which were administered to the 55 respondents. Quantitative data analysis was done through descriptive statistics such as frequency counts, percentage charts, averages and standard deviation. Qualitative data was analyzed by content analysis of meanings and implications emanating from respondents' information. The study used regression model to establish the significance to which each independent variable influenced success of fire safety projects. The results were presented in tables and charts. The recommendation made from this study will be of significance to educational policy makers, administrators and researchers at all levels. The findings of the study show that training was actually being carried out; almost half of the respondents admitted that training was taking place in their institutions. However, a considerable proportion of the respondents disputed the kind of training taking place by terming it obsolete and lacked purpose. The findings of the study further show that majority of the respondents admitted that management was actually mobilizing resources from different stakeholders. However, through interviews and opinion responses, the researcher learned that mobilization of resources was not commensurate to the success of the projects in reality. Furthermore, most schools lack the right management as revealed from the respondents. In fact, majority of the respondents disagreed on .aspects of management that required respondents to show their level of agreement on whether they existed in their institutions. Monitoring and evaluation happens to be one of the important aspects of project implementation and hence, its success. On average, majority of the respondents agreed that monitoring and evaluation was taking place. However, respondents argued that the process lacked seriousness from the management. The study recommends training of all the staff, management and students on aspects of fire safety; in line with this, the study recommends the ministry of Education to develop a framework that makes training of fire safety programmes especially on practical basis. The study further recommends the government to allocate resources to schools that strictly caters for fire safety projects. The resources should include human resource and physical resources. It is a recommendation of this study that the management team managing fire projects in public secondary schools should be reformed or rather changed completely. Finally, the study recommends that a programme be developed through the aid of the ministry of education that compels the management to carry and report from time to time the strategies they have taken to monitor and evaluate the fire safety projects.