Factors influencing effective implementation of projects in public secondary schools in Nyamira District
Missiani, David Otundo
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According to the report on international conference on investment, many less industrialized countries depend excessively on imported project ideas. They do not develop an enduring technological base that can support the growth of their economies. This decisions lead to project failure despite gigantic investments in terms of money, for instance, in Kenya education related projects like: laboratories, The Kenya school equipment scheme, classroom construction, electricity installation, information communication technology, dinning halls, water supply Grants to African government schools, Church development educational funds, Government bursaries to vulnerable and needy students in schools and universities, Free secondary education, Food and nutrition scheme to students, Secondary school bursaries, Free university education among other projects have either been executed amid difficulties or worse never preceded beyond paperwork stage. Their disappearance from stage shortly before or after implementation speaks volumes of project imprudence that though widely talked of, have not been documented. Thus the purpose of study was to investigate the factors influencing implementation of projects in public secondary schools in Nyamira District. It was guided by the following specific objectives: how does management skills influence effective implementation of projects in public secondary schools , to establish the influence criteria used to allocate and utilize resources on effective implementation of projects in public secondary schools, establish to what extent management skills influence effective implementation of projects in public secondary schools ,determine to what extent stakeholders support influence the effective implementation of projects in public secondary schools in ,the target population was public schools and their management teams in the district. The study was conducted in a third of all the 46 public secondary that is 16 school with a target respondents of 5 from each school . The data was obtained from the respondents by use of questionnaires, and interviews. This study adopted a descriptive design using bar graph, pie charts and frequency tables in the analysis. The research design enabled the researcher to generalize the outcome to all projects carried out in public secondary schools in Nyamira district. For the purpose of this study, the survey will inform policy makers and researchers on steps to take. Result of the study showed that all the four factors influence the implementation of projects in schools Since the findings of the study have shown that management skills influences effective project implementation, then management should be trained on the financial management skills, also there should be regular auditing of the project funds. Even though selection of project has low influence towards project implementation in comparison to other factors, the study indicates that a project has to be completed before starting another project and with proper priority in project selection. If all these recommendations are implemented appropriately with other supporting tools like Annual Work Plan and Strategic Plan as well as setting of performance standards benchmarked against the best national standards, the effective project implementation will improve thereby contributing to the achievement of vision 2030.