|dc.description.abstract||Human resource development is key to the success of any organization as the smooth and
efficient running of any institution depends on how well emplo;yees are equipped with
relevant skills to perform their tasks. A teacher just like any other employee is from time
to time developed through in-service training. With the emerging, trends in education in
Kenya where the quality of teachers has become increasingly important to the extent of
parents rejecting some calibre of teachers, the teacher has to keep abreast with the
changes in teaching methodologies and curriculum and hence the, importance of inservice
training for teachers.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of in-service teacher training on
the performance of se,c:pndary school teachers in Kiambu West District. The study sought
to establish the contribution of in-service training to a teacher's self development, its
contribution in identifying a variety of tasks that a teacher can perform, its effects on
transfer and promotion of teachers.
The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The target population included all the
teachers in this district who have undergone in-service training course, whose number is
1150 as per the records held in the District Education Officer's (DEO 's) office). A total
125 respondents was be .selected out of which 120 responded by filling and returning the
questionnaires. The schools used as sample units were systematically selected. Teachers
who have had in-service training were purposely selected until the sample size was
realized. Data was collected by use of structured questionnaire and was analyzed using
Statistical Package for social scientists (SPSS). Descriptive statistics such as means,
percentages and proportions have been used to summarize and present the data and
frequency distribution tables to compare the frequency of occurrence of categories or
values for two or more variabjes.., .
The findings of this study revealedthat, in-service training has several positive effects on
the performance of secondary teachers 1n Kiambu District and by extension other parts of
Kenya. These include: self development of the teachers, gaining of new skills that enables
them perform their tasks better andadequate and timely completion of syllabuses. All
these effects have a direct input towards better performance of teachers. ~
Therefore in-service training is a very important undertaking in improving the
performance of secondary teachers.
Despite the limitations the objectives of the study were met.||en_US