The effect of career plateau on the academic productivity of public secondary school teachers in Kikuyu District, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish how the negative outcomes of career plateau affect productivity. The general objective of the study was to determine how career plateau has an influence on the academic productivity of public secondary school teachers in Kikuyu District. The specific objectives were to determine; how stress and burnout, absenteeism, conflict with administrators, and the desire to leave the teaching profession have affected the academic productivity of teachers. The Study was conducted in Kikuyu District, which is one of the 10 districts in Kiambu County. The other districts in this county are: Gatundu, Githunguri, Kiambu, East Kiambaa, Kiambu West, Lari, Ruiru, Thika East and Thika West. There were 26 public secondary schools in Kikuyu district. The target population consisted of 563 teachers from the 23 public secondary schools in the district. The researcher used stratified random sampling and simple random sampling to get the sample size of 141 teachers out of whom 110 teachers participated by responding to the questionnaire. The research utilized descriptive design. Frequency counts, percentages, bar graphs, and charts were used in data analysis. The study established that, majority of the teachers 69 (63%) were last promoted between 2 - 15 years ago. This revelation clearly indicates that very many teachers have been experiencing career plateau in their profession. The results on teachers' assessment on job productivity show clearly that teachers who are exhibiting characteristics of career plateauing are among those teachers who are citing reasons for average and below average performance. The study leads to the conclusion that career plateau has caused many teachers to desire to leave the teaching profession. The study recommends that teachers should be motivated and good promotion policies developed.