An investigation into the factors affecting performance of tutors in private Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya : a case of St.Mary's and St.Paul's teachers' Colleges
Mathenge, Edward Kariuki
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The study intended to investigate the factors that affect performance standards of tutors at both St. Mary's and St. Paul's Teachers' Colleges. The study sample included 36 tutors drawn from the whole population of tutors in both Colleges at the time of research. There has been an elusive search for quality passes; especially in the distinction categories of the students in Private Teacher Training Colleges. The study variables used are the nature of the organisation and jobs descriptions, promotion policy for tutors, remuneration policy for tutors, working conditions, lack of independence and poor physical facilities which were used to establish the extent of the effect on the dependent variable; the performance standards of tutors and thus the students in those institutions. The sample involved 36 respondents. The main data collection instrument was the questionnaire supplemented by the use of an interview guide and a document analysis guide. All the population was taken as the sample; thus no sampling was done. The analysis of data was done using descriptive statistics. In summary, the research findings indicate that the respondents say that promotion and remuneration take precedence over working conditions, independence and physical facilities, organisations and job descriptions. This implies that tutors value compensation and reward more than any other factor and that this factor has the potential to substantially improve their morale and motivation to work. All in all, the other factors add up to reward and are meaningless without a proper reward system. Therefore, it is recommended that the managers of these institutions should improve all the other aspects of the job for sustainable improvement in quality performance. 92.30% of the respondents said that promotion and remuneration influence job performance, taking precedence over working conditions, independence and physical facilities. On the same; promotion and remuneration, tutors said that work would improve when one envisages a promotion both in rank and remuneration. Working conditions and job descriptions both takes job 86.46% in importance.