An assessment of the role of Ward Education Coordinators in Providing Managerial Support to Community Secondary Schools in Kibondo District, Tanzania

Mtondo, Henry (2016) An assessment of the role of Ward Education Coordinators in Providing Managerial Support to Community Secondary Schools in Kibondo District, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study assessed the role of WECs in providing managerial support to CSSs in Kibondo district in Kigoma region. Three objectives were involved, to analyze the role of WECs in relation to CSSs, examine challenges of WECs in supporting CSSs and examine strategies employed by WECs in supervising the CSSs in Kibondo district. The study employed qualitative approach by using a case study design. Data were gathered by interviews, focus group discussions and documentary review, and were analyzed by content review. WECs were responsible in coordinating the implementation of education and training policy in CSSs in the ward. It was noted that, WECs were not prepared with new role to CSSs. The insufficient cooperation with HOSs and teachers, low incentives and meager salary, poor working environment and less of qualifications of WECs that affect managerial support to CSSs. Cross checking and inspecting teachers’ attendance register, and class journals, were among of the strategies employed by WECs in supporting managerial to CSSs. Management of CSSs through WECs is debatable because, most of WEC’s functions to secondary schools contradict with that of HOSs. Management of CSSs is complex and a situational process and WECs were not prepared to coordinate secondary schools. Strategies employed by WECs to CSSs were aimed at controlling teachers’ and HOSs attendance instead of encouraging and raising their morale in attending, teaching and general management of the CSSs. Poor management in CSSs continued to exist due to insufficient supervision in schools. The study recommends that government should improve among others WECs’ incentives, working environments and employ qualified WECs.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 08:08
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 09:22
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1723

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