Effectiveness of regular whole school inspection in improving the quality of secondary education: a focus on selected secondary schools in Dar es Salaam and Tanga regions in Tanzania

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2006
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University of Dar es Salaam
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This study investigated the extent to which regularity in Whole-School Inspection (or lack of it) can affect the quality of secondary education in Tanzania. The study adopted both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Data were collected from eight Secondary Schools from Dar es Salaam and Tanga regions and the sample comprised 162 respondents. Data collection was conducted through questionnaires, interviews, documentary review, checklist and observation methods. Data collected were subjected to content analysis, tabulated and converted into frequencies and percentages. Findings from the study revealed that the rate at which Whole-School Inspection has been conducted across the country differs from one zone to another, from region to region and even from one school to another. Thus, it has been regular for some schools and irregular in others. It was therefore established that schools that received regular Whole-School Inspection had employed an adequate number of qualified teachers and also were better off in terms of availability of teaching and learning resources compared with schools that had not received regular Whole-School Inspection. It was also revealed that schools that received regular Whole-School Inspection have implemented appropriate administrative and management procedures and are equipped with basic management skills as compared with schools that had not received regular Whole-School Inspection. The study further revealed that schools that received regular Whole-School Inspection have shown improvement in the availability of essential physical plant and furniture compared with schools that had not received regular Whole- School Inspection. However, in the case of community secondary schools despite regular school inspection, there was little or no improvement at all, due to
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Available in print form, EAF collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, class mark ( THS EAF LB1620.T34N92)
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Education, Secondary, Inspection, Dar es Salaam region, Tanga Region, Tanzania
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