An Assessment of How Work Environment Influence Teachers’ Satisfaction in Elgeyo Marakwet County

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Kiptum, Jonah Kipsang
Rubai, Mandela O
Murira, Francis N.
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Globeedu Group
Providing a conducive working environment for teachers is necessary to increase productivity as well as satisfaction. Primary school teachers form a vital segment of the basic education as they impart basic knowledge to leaners. Prioritizing their professional needs is, therefore, commendable to ensure that they fulfill their professional roles. The purpose of this study was to assess how work, influenced teacher satisfaction in Elgeyo Marakwet County with a view of recommending measures that could be adopted for improvement of satisfaction among primary school teachers in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The two-factor theory of Herzberg (1993) guided the study. The theory was based on the assumption that dissatisfaction leading to avoidance of work and satisfaction leading to attract one to work do not present end point of a single continuum. The study area was chosen owing to the high-stress levels due to workload and other indicators of dissatisfaction experienced by school teachers. The county has 345 public primary schools with a population of 3,771 public primary school teachers. The study used stratified, purposive and simple random samplings to select participants. A total of 140 participants (where 38 were males and 102 being females) from Keiyo North SubCounty having a total population of 1,295 primary school teachers (221 males and 1,074 females) were sampled from 11 schools with 11 teachers per school to give 121 teachers (24 males and 97 females), 11 head teachers (8 males and 3 females), 7 Curriculum Support Officers (5 males and 2 females) and 1 Sub-County Director (1 male). Questionnaire, interview schedule and observation were used to collect data. Quantitative data was analyzed by use of both descriptive and inferential statistics where multiple regression was used. The inferential statistics comprised of Pearson product moment and multiple regression. The multiple regression model, (R2 = .557) shows that physical environment account for 54.4% variation in teacher satisfaction. The physical facilities (β1 = 0.419), classroom arrangement (β2 =.606) and work environment (β3 =.454) had significant relationship with teacher satisfaction. The study found out that work environment positively influenced teacher satisfaction. The study recommended that there is need for school management to ensure that good physical appearance; conducive working environment, adequate facilities such as desks, shelves and classrooms are fully satisfied. Secondly, adequate reading and writing materials, reduced workload and proper cooperation by the school management should be ensured.
Physical, facilities, teacher, satisfaction