The role of prefects in the management of secondary schools: a case study of Kandara Division, Maragua District
Kilee, Margaret Mutio
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The objective of this study was to investigate the role of prefects in the management of secondary schools in Kenya. The study was designed to find out the degree to which school prefects in secondary schools were involved in matters pertaining to discipline of students; organisations of co-curricular activities; matters relating to students welfare. In the recent school riots prefects have become targets of attack. This raised concern from the stakeholders on the role and functions of prefects, their powers and privileges that go with the position. This concern is what stimulated interest to venture into this research. The aim of the study was to shed light to the school administration on the challenges that the prefects face in their day to day duties and that they should appreciate their work. The study was descriptive and employed questionnaire and interview schedule as data collection instruments. It was limited to schools in Kandara Division, Maragua ' District. Eight (8) schools were purposively sampled for the study. The total population sampled was 32 i.e. 24 prefects and 8 deputy principals. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics (i.e. frequencies and percentages). The recommendations are;- schools should devise ways of empowering prefects and making them acceptable to the students body in order to improve on management of schools. The Ministry should come up with proper guidelines on how to go about choosing prefects in schools. Students should be given a chance to elect their leaders through secret ballot. There was need for training prefects to equip them with managerial and leadership skills. School management should encourage students to take up leadership positions for schools are potential leadership training grounds. Heads of schools should motivate the prefects and appreciate their work.