PRINCIPALS’ APPLICATION OF BUDGETING PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EBONYI STATE

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PRINCIPALS’ APPLICATION OF BUDGETING PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EBONYI STATE

PRINCIPALS’ APPLICATION OF BUDGETING PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EBONYI STATE

Prof. Perpetua Okorji & Nwode, Uchechukwu Rosemary
Department of Educational Management and Policy
Faculty of Education,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Abstract

The study investigated principals’ application of budgeting practices for effective decision-making in public secondary schools in Ebonyi State. Four 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 consisted of 233 principals (98 males and 135 females) in the 233 public secondary schools in Ebonyi State. All the 233 principals (98 males and 135 females) constituted the sample for the study as the population is relatively small and manageable size. The instrument for data collection was a researcher-developed questionnaire titled ‘‘Principals’ Application of Budget Practices for Effective Decision-Making Questionnaire (PABPEDMQ)’’. The instrument was face validated by three experts comprising two lecturers from the Department of Educational Management and Policy, and the other a lecturer in Measurement and Evaluation all from the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Cronbach alpha was used to determine the reliability of the instrument which yielded an overall reliability coefficient of 0.82. The researcher together with two research assistants collected data for the study using the direct approach method and 97% return was recorded. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions, while t-test was used in testing the hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed among others that revenue and expenditure plan practices are applied by male and female principals for effective decision-making in secondary schools in Ebonyi State. It was also found out that there is no significant difference in the mean ratings of male and female principals on the revenue and expenditure plan practices they apply for effective decision-making in secondary schools in Ebonyi State. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that Ministry of Education should make frantic effort towards monitoring the financial expenditure of principals.

Key words: Principals, Application, Budgeting Practices, Effective, Decision-making, Schools

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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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Managerial Competencies of Principals as Predictors of Teachers’ Job Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Anambra State

MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES OF PRINCIPALS AS PREDICTORS OF TEACHERS’ JOB PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE

Dunu, Chigozie Lynda

Department of Education Foundations

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus, Anambra State

Abstract

The study investigated the managerial competencies of principals as predictors of teachers’ job performance in public secondary schools in Anambra State. Three research questions guided the study and three null hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. Correlational research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised 263 principals of public secondary schools in Ananbra State. All the 263 principals were used for the study due to relatively manageable size of the population. Two sets of instruments titled ‘‘Principals Managerial Competencies Questionnaire (PMCQ)’’, and ‘‘Teachers’ Job Performance Questionnaire (TJPQ)’’ were used for data collection. The instruments were subjected to face validation by three experts made up of two specialists in Educational Management and a specialist in Measurement and Evaluation all from Department of Educational Foundations in the Faculty of Education, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam campus. Cronbach alpha was used to determine the reliability of the instruments which yielded overall coefficient values of 0.80 and 0.78 for PMCQ and TJPQ respectively. The researcher together with five research assistants, who are secondary school teachers in the area of study, administered copies of the questionnaires directly to the respondents and a 98 percent return rate of the instruments administered was recorded. Data analysis was done using Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient to answer the research questions 1-2, simple regression to test the hypotheses 1-2 and multiple regression to answer research question 3 and hypothesis 3. The findings of the study revealed among others that communication competency of principals is a strong predictor of teachers’ job performance in public secondary schools in Anambra State. It was also found that supervision competency of principals is a significant predictor of teachers’ job performance in public secondary schools in Anambra State. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that Post Primary School Service Commission provide opportunity for principals to attend professional development programmes at least once every academic session for them to up-date their managerial competencies for enhancing the job performance of teachers.

Keywords: Principals, Managerial Competencies, Teachers’ Job Performance, Supervision, Communication

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