Community involvement in staff management practices: a study of selected community secondary schools in the Coast region in Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
The study focused on the community involvement in staff management practices in community secondary schools in Coast Region in Tanzania. This study sought to examine how community members were involved in the recruitment and retention, management of teaching and non-teaching staff behaviour and motivation of staff in community secondary schools. The sample comprised sixty-three (63) respondents from three community secondary schools in three districts of Coast Region in Tanzania, including the District Educational Officers, heads of school selected through purposive sampling, members of school boards, parents and students who were randomly selected. The study was mainly qualitative with data collected through interviews and questionnaires. Major findings indicated that the community was not involved in the recruitment and retention of staff members in community secondary schools since it was seen as government responsibility. There was less involvement of the community in the management and controlling of behaviour and discipline of staff. Lastly, staff members were not motivated materially, only psychologically and through praise. It has been concluded that, in order to have effective teaching and learning of students in community secondary schools, involvement of community members in school management especially in the recruitment and control behaviour of the staff members in schools is very important, since it help to have disciplined staff and students. Also moral and material motivations are very useful in the effective performance of the staff. It is recommended that government, through the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training should involve the powers of managing schools to community level, so as to enable community members to be fully involved in the management of staff in the community secondary schools, especially in recruitment, controlling behaviour and motivation of staff.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF LB2820.T34M76)
Education(secondary), Community schools, Coast Region, Personal service in education, Tanzania, School management and organization
Mtolea, H.H (2007) Community involvement in staff management practices: a study of selected community secondary schools in the Coast region in Tanzania.Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.