Provision of quality secondary school education is important in generating opportunities and achieving benefits of socio-economic development. Among the strategies adopted for expanding access to secondary school education in developing countries and particularly in Kenya are to subsidize fees in secondary schools. The purpose of this book was to examine the administrative challenges facing public secondary schools in the introduction of subsidized secondary school education in Nakuru municipality of Kenya. The book recommends that the Government of Kenya (Ministry of Education) should consider mobilizing resources to increase the allocation of funds disbursed to schools, revision of policy on funds disbursement with a view to ensure timely disbursement, allocation of resources to support financial education and management training workshops for school heads, integration of information technology in school management, organization of regular refresher courses to improve skills for the school head teachers and all persons involved in the school management.
This book highlights important areas concerning induction and orientation of teachers in schools. These areas include: Objectives of induction and orientation of teachers; components of induction and orientation programmes; benefits of induction and orientation to teachers; demerits of non induction and orientation of teachers; guidelines for a better induction and orientation process; challenges facing induction and orientation of teachers in Kenyan secondary schools and a brief comparative study of induction and orientation of teachers in Britain. The book is a product of a MEd Degree Research Project which was carried out in the larger Taita district, Kenya in 2010. The study was guided by the following objectives: To establish the status of induction and orientation of teachers in public secondary schools in Taita District; to find out the benefits of induction and orientation of teachers; to establish the induction related challenges facing beginning teachers in the execution of their duties and to investigate the challenges facing induction and orientation of teachers in public secondary schools in Taita District.
The issue confronting the education system is how to transform the curriculum and teaching-learning process to meet the increasing pressure to use the new ICT to teach students in the 21st century. This study, therefore, explored the challenges facing ICT integration in the teaching and learning of mathematics and sciences in secondary schools in Vihiga District. The diffusion of innovations theory (Rogers, 1995) served as a theoretical framework. The study employed the descriptive research design. Questionnaires were administered among 15 secondary school head teachers, 110 teachers and 335 students of fifteen schools and interviews were done on 15 teachers using an interview schedule. Purposive sampling technique was used to sample 15 schools, which have been teaching computer studies. Data was analyzed using both descriptive and nferential statistics. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 15 (SPSS) was used. The study revealed that the extent of computer use among students, teachers in Vihiga District was minimal despite the positive attitude they had of computer use.
‘Challenges Facing Teen Mothers in Secondary Schools,’ is based on information from teen mothers on the experiences they face in schools upon re-admission. With first hand information from teen mothers and other key respondents, the book exposes the difficulties of simultaneous parenting and schooling despite the teen mothers’ tender age and inexperience. Health and emotional issues related to premature births and parenting and which pose great difficulties in the learning process are also discussed. In addition, it explores the roles of school heads, teacher counsellors and students in alleviating or causing teen mothers’ social trauma which emanates from lack of acceptability and accommodation among peers in school. The book pays special attention to the implementation of the re-entry policy that should see such mothers comfortably re-admitted and perfectly accommodated among their school mates while pertinent issues and assumptions of education administration in Kenya related to education accessibility. This book will appeal to head teachers, parents, teachers, teacher counselors, students and policy makers in the Ministry of Education.
The purpose of this study was to investigate challenges emanating from school based selection and recruitment of secondary school teachers in Mombasa County faced by Board of Governors (BOG). Although the Government of Kenya has strategies to enhance equality and distribution of teachers in Kenya, there have been challenges in decentralization of teachers’ recruitment in Kenya public secondary schools. Objective number one was to determine factors affecting teachers’ recruitment in secondary schools. Objective number two was to establish criteria used by BOG in selection and recruitment of secondary school teachers. Objective number three was to establish personnel and political factors that affect BOG members in their role of selection and recruitment of teacher’s recruitment. Objective number four was to determine other challenges BOG faced in teachers’ recruitment and how they were resolved.
This study sought to investigate challenges facing implementation of Life Skills Education in secondary schools in Trans-Nzoia West District in Kenya. It was guided by the following specific objectives: To determine teachers’ training on Life Skills Education; to find out teachers’ and students attitudes towards implementation of Life Skills Education in secondary schools; to establish the level of availability and adequacy of teaching/learning resources for implementing Life Skills Education in secondary schools; to analyze the teaching/learning strategies adopted by teachers to implement Life Skills Education in secondary schools; and to find out suggestions of teachers and students on the ways of improving implementation of Life Skills Education in secondary schools. A descriptive survey research design was employed in the study where the schools principals, teachers and students were involved. The study findings are presented and discussed in this publication.
Women have been marginalized for long even in the management of educational institutions where there is inequality. This book deeply examines participation of women in Boards of Governors of public secondary schools in Kenya. Women are under represented in the boards due to factors which emanate from the society, the government and the women themselves. Women also face challenges which are unique to their gender.
Educating Female learners is educating the whole generation. Female managers are faced with physical as well as psychological challenges. Female managers have to balance work at work as well as work at home. Female head teachers face managerial challenges when heading institutions. These challenges are prominent in schools partly due to male dominated world. Cultural orientations and Stereotypes demand that female teachers to be submissive. That female teachers go for maternity leave hence a great challenge i deciding whom to leave in charge.
This qualitative study examines the transition challenges facing immigrant Somali students entering U.S. public high schools and some of the teaching practices and strategies that have been successful in reducing the challenges facing Somali high school students. The two key research questions examined were (a) what dominant transition challenges have Somali students faced at Green High School (pseudonym) and (b) what best practices in reducing Somali transition challenges can be identified at Green High School? This study also sought to identify possible connections between the study's findings and Cummins' (2001) "Framework for Intervention." Considerable challenges facing Somali high school students are documented in this study. Resource shortages, transportation shortages, too little time for high school Somali students to catch-up in English language acquisition and core academic subject content knowledge, reductions in tutoring support, and a lack of outreach programs to the Somali community. There are also good teaching practices, supportive curriculum, and programs that were supportive of academic success for Somali high school students identified.
This monograph provides research findings on guidance and counseling services in Kenyan secondary schools. The objective of the study was to examine student’s perception towards guidance and counseling public secondary schools. The monograph draws conclusions from the data analysis which revealed that most students in South Kisii public secondary schools are generally aware of the existence of guidance and counseling services in their respective schools The study further found out that the outcomes of guidance and counseling services in South Kisii public secondary schools has a positive influence in social personal students roles, students career development roles and students academic improvement roles. The study found out that guidance and counseling services in most of the public secondary schools in South Kisii District has been hindered by a number challenges such as lack of cooperation from students, lack of good time management, lack of trained personnel, inadequate resources materials, poor influence from peers and general ignorance of the students on the importance of the services.
This book assesses leadership behaviours of high school principals in terms of balance between initiating structure and consideration dimensions and their relationship to performance of students’ in the national examination, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) that marks the end of secondary school education. It investigates whether demographic factors of age, education level, gender and administrative experience of head teachers as well the categories of schools affect these leadership behaviours. The book shows that head teachers emphasise initiating structure more than consideration, that female head teachers were significantly stronger than their counterparts on both leadership dimensions. It also reveals that performance of students related negatively to initiating structure dimension of principals’ leadership and positively with consideration dimension. This book is highly recommended for lecturers, students and researchers of school management.
Public secondary schools are faced with an increasing number of complex challenges including implementing and maintaining a quality management system. The study investigated the implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS) in secondary schools in Mpumalanga and established that in order for principals to meet the specification of quality management systems (QMS), there is a need to clearly describe the nature of operations within their schools and align with the stages of the implementation within the ISO 9001:2008.
School principals’ leadership is key to successful school reform, as is increased student achievement. All students deserve the intellectual development, motivation, and skills that equip them for successful work and lifelong learning. A primary predictor of whether students will become successful adults is whether they graduate from high school. Few institutions have a greater impact on the quality of American life than the public secondary schools, the foundation for adult participation in society and the workplace. One of the great challenges facing American public schools is the improvement of urban education
Each established university, whether public or private, has unique prospects and challenges it faces in her bid to fulfill her role using resources available to it. In particular, Kyambogo University has prospects and faces many challenges especially those concerned with breaking away from the old traditions, values, cultural practices as well as orientations of the former three institutions that merged to create the current Kyambogo University. Currently, there are challenges faced by Kyambogo University in the areas of teaching, research, community service, scholarship, research and publication, research ethics, institutional autonomy and academic freedom, quality, management of graduate studied and intellectual property that stems from cultural practices of the former institutions that merged to form the current Kyambogo University. It is the aforementioned challenges that necessitated an investigation into the prospects and challenges facing Kyambogo University. Consonant with the bid of obtaining data and information for the investigation, questionnaires Interview Schedules, documentary, and observation checklists were used to collect data for the study.
Executive Agencies (EAs) are government organizations established to perform essential public functions that do not have to be carried out by the centers of the Government Ministries. The primary objective of the introduction of the EAs was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services through better business and financial management, thereby contributing to economic growth in the country by reducing the cost of Public Services. Despite the performances done by the EAs, public still have numerous complaints on the services delivered to the community. Therefore,this book discusses the reforms of the executive functions from the Ministry to the Agencies and examines the impact of the service delivery on the existing public owned agencies. The issue at hand is thus to explore the challenges facing the EAs in delivering their services to the extent of making them not efficient as expected. In addition to that, this book comes up with some measures to be taken on improving service delivery to the public. It ends by recommending on capacity building to the EAs to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the services offered.