An investigation into the participation of teachers in the administration of public secondary schools in Kiharu division of Murang'a disrict
Irungu, Martin N.
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Participation of teachers in the administration of secondary schools has been and still is an important aspect of education. To facilitate the achievement of goals and objectives of education, teachers must be properly utilized through an effective and efficient teaching and learning process in our schools. Studies done earlier have mainly focused on head-teachers as the key administrators hence advertently or inadvertently over shadowing the role of teachers in the administration of their schools. However, headteachers being overloaded with numerous administrative tasks are unable to carry our exhaustively, these roles and responsibilities hence leaving administrative gaps. This in effect contributes to ineffective teaching and learning. This study employed a descriptive survey research approach to carry out an investigation into the participation of teachers in the administration of public secondary schools in Kiharu Division of Murang'a District. The target population was all the eighteen (18) public secondary schools in the division. Fifty-six teachers and eight headteachers from this population were randomly selected for the study. Data was collected using questionnaires, interviews and observations. The District Education Officer, Murang'a District was also included in the study. Data analysis was conducted through both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques and presented using frequencies, percentages and tables. Key findings were that teachers participate in administration of Curriculum and Instruction and that majority never participate in the administration of the other task areas. It was recommended that they should be integrated to a programme that ensures in-servicing of their administrative skills and those to be appointed as head-teachers should have a master degree in educational administration. Also head-teachers should be sensitized on the importance of Teachers participation not as challengers/rivals but as supplements to fill any administrative gaps.