INSTITUTIONAL AND HEADTEACHER CHARACTERISTICS INFLUENCING MANAGEMENT OF STUDENT WELFARE SERVICES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KINANGO DISTRICT, KENYA

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of
institutional and head teachers characteristics factors on management of
student welfare services in public secondary schools in kinango District.
The findings were aligned to research objectives of determining the
extent to which school head teacher manage student welfare services. The
extent to which the availability of physical facilities influence head teachers
management of student welfare, determine the influence of parental financial
support on secondary school head teacher management of student welfare
services. Determine the influence of school location on head teacher
management of student welfare services and how home-school partnership of
head teacher influences student welfare services and also to establish the
extent to which gender, academic qualification, administrative experience and
age of the head teacher influence management of students welfare services.
The study used goal setting theory of motivation which is suitable in that the
head teacher has a challenging task to perform of managing student welfare
services.
  The literature reviewed indicated that the head teacher’s personal
characteristics, institutional characteristics and parents have influence on the
management of student welfare services. (Olembo, Wanga & Karagu, 1992)
Successful execution of these tasks is not possible unless the various head
teachers and institutional characteristics are addressed.
The descriptive survey design was used to investigate the influence of
institutional and head teacher characteristics on management of student
welfare services. The targeted population included all the 19 secondary
schools head teachers in Kinango District. The sample size of the study was to
cover 19 head teachers. The target population was too small to exclude any of
the head teachers in the region from the study. The  research surveyed all the
19 schools. A questionnaire formed  the major data collecting tool.
Quantitative descriptive results were summarised in to frequency distributions,
measures of central tendency (means) and measures of dispersion (standard
deviations and range)
  The researcher reached the conclusions that all head teachers of
secondary schools in Kinango  district are fully qualified both academically
and professionally and experienced enough to manage student’s welfare
services. Lack  parents support and delayed government funds, which make
planning and acquisition of essential materials difficult. Therefore this study
commends that the head teachers look for ways of educating the parents on
their roles in providing services for their sons and daughter s. The government iv
 
is urged to stick to specific time line for disbursing the supporting funds to the
schools in order for them to better provide welfare services to the students.

Author: 
Nzomo, Juma Mutinda
Unit: 
Department of Educational Administration and Planning
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