Factors influencing the performance of accounting staff in public secondary schools in Kenya : a case study of Nairobi Province
Kimani, Samuel K. N.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influence performance of accounting staff in public secondary schools. The study was prompted by the fact that secondary school's accounting staff performs numerous tasks in schools, and yet no researcher had studied these important personnel in secondary schools. Most researchers have concentrated on principals and teachers. The broad objective of the study was to assess the factors that influence accounting staff performance in public secondary schools in Kenya. Specific objectives aimed at establishing the levels of education and training of the accounting staff, evaluating channels of communications, control measures and technology available. The study targeted all the forty-eight, (48) public secondary schools in Nairobi province. The study did not focus on private secondary schools since they have different management procedures from their public counterparts and this would have influenced their responses. The researcher used questionnaires to collect data since they are able to collect large amount of data from diverse regions and saves on time. The questionnaire was first piloted in two secondary schools to establish its validity and reliability. The schools used in the pilot study were excluded from the main study. The target population for the study was all the forty-eight, (48) public secondary schools in Nairobi province. Descriptive survey approach was used. The data was analyzed with the help of the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) whereby descriptive statistics such as frequencies, and percentages were computed. The findings were presented using frequency distribution tables, pie charts, bar-graphs and percentages among others