An analysis of the teachers' perception of supervisory practices used by primary school headteachers in Westlands Division of Nairobi
Thiong'o, Margaret W.
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The Study attempted to investigate and analyze teachers' perceptions of supervisory practices by primary school headteachers in Westlands Division of Nairobi. Five Key areas of supervision covered in this are; leadership, curriculum instruction, motivation, communication and evaluation. A short background information on the concept and evolution/development of supervision is covered in chapters one and two. The population consisted of 30 primary schools out of which a sample of 10 schools was randomly selected for the study. The study subjects were 10 headteachers and 20 teachers from the selected schools. The main research tool used in this study was the questionnaire which sought to obtain information or data on the current status of supervision in primary schools with regard to the five supervisory skill areas and the attitudes of teachers towards these supervisory practices. The study found out among other things that both the teachers and headteachers are professionally qualified teachers with P1 grade as the lowest and are also 'O' level graduates. This is an indicator that they are all knowledgeable and understand their specific roles. The researcher however found out that while their administration duties, they are not quite clear or certain about their supervisory duties, which they undertake as administrative duties. Teachers' views also indicated that there are inadequacies in supervisory practices especially in relation to communication, curriculum instruction and motivation. It is therefore important that the headteachers are given formal training in supervision to improve their performance in school administration since supervision is a phase of administration.