Factors affecting performance management in public secondary schools in Mbeere South District
Managing performance in schools is one of the most complex tasks of school management. School leaders need to understand performance management processes and also possess the necessary skills for them to be able to lead and manage performance effectively. They must learn to overcome barriers and cope with the chaos that naturally exists during the complex process of performance management. School principals in particular should help teachers build effective teams by developing new organizational structures and creating a shared vision that focuses on authentic learning. Such inspired and informed leadership is critical to the success of schools. In Kenya, a great majority of secondary schools have found themselves stuck in the implementation of performance management practices. They have not been able to move or transition from old state to a new state. This means they have not been able to improve standards and maintain those standards. In the last ten years, a majority of students sitting for KCSE get below average. In the year 2010 for example 60% of the KCSE candidates scored a grade C- (minus) and below and only 27% percent scored a mean grade of C+ (Plus) and above. This state of affairs caught the researcher's attention and therefore the purpose of this study was to determine the challenges facing performance management in public secondary schools in Mbeere South District; to determine the impact of training, organizational effectiveness, non-contractual incentives and adequacy of human resources on performance management in the secondary schools in the said district. It was guided by the questions; how do training, organizational effectiveness, availability human resources and noncontractual incentives affect performance management in public secondary schools? The study adopted a descriptive research design in which all the 32 public secondary schools in the district are targeted. The total target population is 791 which include 32 principals, 401 teachers and 358 BOG members, Simple random sampling will also be used to select two teachers from each of the sampled schools. All the headteachers from the selected schools participated in the study. The outcome of this study may be used by education stakeholders to help improve the management of performance in public secondary schools.