ERIC Number: ED396393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Problems Facing Beginning School Principals in Kenya.
Kitavi, Mwaya Wa; Westhuizen, Philip C. van der
Beginning principals in developing countries face drastically different problems than do their counterparts in developed countries. This paper presents findings of a study that surveyed Kenyan secondary school principals about the challenges they encountered. The questionnaire was sent to 200 secondary school principals--100 beginning and 100 experienced principals--from all 8 provinces in Kenya. A total of 142 responses were received, a return rate of 71 percent. The most serious problems facing beginning principals in Kenya included students who could not pay school fees and buy books, a shortage of school equipment and physical facilities, a lack of staff accommodation and playgrounds, students who must travel long distances, and the use of English as a medium of instruction. The problems were attributed to the educational system's failure to provide adequate financial support. It is recommended that beginning principals be provided with induction programs and inservice activities. Two tables are included. (Contains 34 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Beginning Principals; Kenya
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).