An investigation of employment problems of trained primary school teachers in private primary schools in Kenya ( a case of Central division of Kirinyaga district)
Unemployment is a major issue in this country and if care is not taken, this might bring a lot of chaos in the nearby future. Due to large numbers of trained and qualified personnel in all sectors in the economy, it lias not been possible for the government to offer employment to all its deserving citizens. Among the qualified lot in the country who are unemployed are the teachers. The private sectors in the country are trying to offer some limited job opportunities to many qualified Kenyans in all the sectors. The entrepreneurs in this country, have decided to try their hand in business by building schools hence providing job opportunities to many unemployed teachers. The job offer to teachers in private schools is a very positive gesture but it doe not take very long for them to start lamenting because of the myriad problems they face thereafter. The researcher investigated majority of these problems and documented them and also recommended some ways forward. When an employee working environment is not very conducive, the output is always very low and therefore it is important to know the main cause of dissatisfaction of teachers in these schools because to some of them the morale is very low and their mode of service delivery is very poor. The main objective of this study was to unravel the many problems and dissatisfactions faced by the teachers in these schools and come up with possible and quick solutions to them. The problems affecting the teachers were highlighted, possible solutions were sought and mistrust between the school owners and the teachers will now be a thing of the past if the recommendations given by the researchers will be upheld by the stakeholders. The study revealed that variables which causes a lot of dissatisfactions are the salary, work itself, job security, recognition supervision, interpersonal relationship, administration policy. The researcher used structured and semi-structured questionnaires and face to face interview as a data collection tools. The exploratory research design was used because this was a relatively new area of study and it satisfied the researchers curiosity and desire to better understand the working environment of the private schools. The population was the total number of trained teachers in these schools and a sample of this population was obtained through non-random sampling method. The reasons for this are explained elsewhere in the project. Data collected was analysed through descriptive statistics by the researcher. The recommendations given by the researcher were that the government should set up a minimum wage for trained teachers working in private school, that the teachers in private schools should have a national trade union to cater for their needs, that there should be a time limit for the work and anything beyond that, an overtime to be paid.