COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF PRINCIPALS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IMO STATE

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COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF PRINCIPALS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IMO STATE

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF PRINCIPALS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IMO STATE

Prof. Patience Egboka & Hyginus Chibuike Ezebuilo
Department of Educational Management and Policy
Faculty of Education,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Abstract

            The study investigated comparative analysis of students’ personnel management practices of principals in public and private secondary schools in Imo State. Two research questions guided the study and two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised 694 principals of which 296 were from public and 398 from private secondary schools in Imo State, Nigeria. All the 694 principals were used for the study due to relatively manageable size of the population. A researcher-developed questionnaire titled ‘‘Principals’ Students Personnel Management Practices Questionnaire (PSPMPQ)’’ was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts of which two were from the Department of Educational Management and Policy, and one in Measurement and Evaluation Unit in the Department of Educational Foundations, all from Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Cronbach alpha was used for a test of internal consistency of the instrument which yielded reliability coefficients of 0.82 and 0.77 for Clusters 1-II respectively with an overall coefficient of 0.80. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions, while t-test was used to test the null hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed among others that the public and private secondary school principals adopt similar admission practices and disciplinary practices. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others, that the Ministry of Education should develop a comprehensive policy to guide admission practices to improve uniformity in admission processes of principals in public and private secondary schools.

Keywords: Students, Personnel Management, Practices, Principals, Admission, Discipline

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