Impact reward system in secondary schools in Kenya (a case study Siaya district)
Oyowo, Daniel Oscar
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The study looked at the direction that rewards system in schools has so far brought about in secondary schools in Kenya. The study was nearly the first one of its kind to be carried out in schools in Kenya. It was therefore an eye opener to administrators in the teaching fraternity from the classroom to the headquarters of the Ministry of Education and also an area of interest that needs further exploration. The geographical location of the study was Siaya District where over 50% of secondary schools were sampled for the study. Amongst the sampled schools include schools in all categories i.e. very good performers and poor ones who at the end of it all gave a clear picture of exactly what is happening at present, what would happen in future and of course to compare the reward practices in performing institutions verses poorly performing ones. The study undertook assessment on how rewards have caused positive attitudes and therefore caused elevation of schools' standards. Through the questionnaire, data was collected by interviewing responsible member of the teaching staff of the sampled school. The questionnaire which is both structured and semi-structured touched on the various behaviour patterns that are expected to b~ exhibited in an ideal situation where rewards system achieves maximum impact. Secondary data from the Siaya District education office that has full ranking of schools was of great help in the study. The research which is mainly descriptive and to a small proportion quantitative had limitation of being done in Siaya secondary schools as opposed to all Kenyan secondary schools due to time and financial limits mainly. The analysis was done after the field study through the common statistical packages for 4 weeks after which the full report of the findings was written and submitted.