The effectiveness of the primary education development programme (PEDP) in communities’ capacity building: a case of Temeke Municilality primary schools

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University of Dar es Salaam
The study investigated the effectiveness of primary education development plan in communities’ capacity building in Tanzanian primary schools. It also assessed the role of PEDP in communities’ capacity building and the communities’ understanding level of their responsibilities as part of a democratic practice, examined different activities conducted by the school committees and finally, the study identified the challenges school committees face in the implementation of their roles and responsibilities. The study sample included 10 government primary schools, one MEO, three WECs, 10 Head teachers, 10 school committee chairperson, 50 ordinary school committee members and 50 parents who were not committee members. The study used purposive and simple random sampling techniques. Data were collected through a documentary review, interviews, observation schedules, and questionnaires. Documentary review covered expenditure and financial records; committee meeting schedules; minutes statistics; and records that related to PEDP. Structured and semi- structured interview were conducted to collect the required data for the study. The findings revealed that there was a failure of PEDP to primary schools committees’ capacity building. Capacity building funds were not directly sent to school committees. Instead, they were sent to the Municipal Education Officer. It was also revealed that even though the committee members did not attend my training, they actually know some of the committee roles and responsibilities. Moreover, committee members admitted that regardless of having the required educational level, they did not attend any seminar which could enable them realize their roles. Hence, it was fairly correct that the level of a democratic practice in decision making to school committees was very minimal. Lastly, the study revealed that the school committees did not have any specific mechanism to evaluate the implementation of their activities. In due regard, it was suggested that PEDP should provide among other things committees capacity building funds as planned so that primary school committee members attend seminars and workshops or even short courses. Such measures would improve the committees’ efficiency and performance of their roles and responsibilities at school level. School committees should be involved in the preparation of Municipal/ District education development plans. Most importantly, PEDP should provide allowance for the school committee members, especially for activities that consumer a lot of their time and energy.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class Mark (THS EAF LB2822.5.N456)
Primary education, Temeke municipal, Capacity building
Ngonyani, N (2009) The effectiveness of the primary education development programme (PEDP) in communities’ capacity building: a case of Temeke Municilality primary schools, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam