Impact of Kenya Education Staff Institute Training on financial management in public secondary schools in Ogembo Division, Gucha District-Kenya
Ongeri, Z. Simeon
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Financial management in Kenya's public secondary schools is a very sensitive administrative task. This is because a lot of tax payers' money is invested in education. Each of them therefore would like to see prudent management of such funds so that the intended goals of education and institutional objectives are achieved optimally. However the school administrators who are entrusted with these funds are always faced with many challenges. A lot is said by the public on poor management of financial resources in schools with the consequences of having school facilities being run down. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of the KESI in-service training of school administrators on financial management in public secondary schools. It assessed whether these administrators put into practice skills learnt effectively at their work stations. Specifically, the study examined the learnt skills as practiced in budgeting. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial controls, preparation of financial statements and reporting of these transactions to stakeholders. The target population included 23 public secondary schools administrators, 7 KESI trainers and 2 District schools auditors from the DEO'S office. Out of these 50% was sampled for the study which translated to 12 school administrators, 4 KESI trainers and 1 District schools auditors. The study adopted exploratory descriptive survey design which enabled the researcher to collect information, summarize, present, interpret and draw conclusions based on the research findings. Both stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used with questions on the questionnaires being structured and unstructured styles, which were considered suitable in exploring all possible reasons as to why there was public outcry on poor financial management yet KESI in-service training was being continuously offered to school administrators. Questionnaires were distributed to all school administrators in the representative sample which was selected randomly. The collected data were coded and analyzed using SPSS and descriptive data presented in frequencies, percentages, charts and tables. The study found out that though KESI in-service training is quite relevant and useful to school administrators, still inadequacy in knowledge and skills necessary for .effective and efficient management of school funds is evident. This was due to inadequate training time allocated for the in-service at the institute. Lack of integrity and moral dignity on the part of these officers compromised transparently and accountability. All these lead to learned skills at KESI being implemented averagely. This was made worse by the irregular cash in-flows from the ministry of education under FES programme and the unskilled staff at the finance department empowered to manage cash in-flows and out-flows. This gave room to all sorts of malpractices cited in both print and electronic media. The study recommended for the increment of training duration, employment of qualified personnel to manage financial transactions and intensify supervision and auditing from the ministry of education as well as making follow-ups to schools to ensure skills acquired at KESI in-service training are effectively implemented.
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