INFLUENCE OF TRAINING MODES FOR PRINCIPALS ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN WAJIR WEST SUB-COUNTY, WAJIR COUNTY, KENYA
Statement of the Study: The study assessed the influence of professional development training modes for principals on financial management in public secondary schools in Wajir West Sub-county, Wajir County, Kenya.
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study was to assess the influence of professional development training modes for principals on financial management in public secondary schools in Wajir West Sub-county, Wajir County, Kenya.
Research Methodology: The study adopted a mixed methodology and applied concurrent triangulation research design. The target population was 181 respondents, which comprised 10 principals, 170 members of the school board of management, and 1 sub-county financial auditor. A sample of 125 respondents was determined using Yamane's Formula. Stratified sampling was applied to create four strata based on the number of zones in Wajir West Sub-county. From each zone, one principal was selected using purposive sampling. The sub-county financial auditor was also selected using purposive sampling. However, from each zone, and 30 members of the school Board of Management were selected to eliminate bias. This procedure realized a sample size of four principals, 120 members of the school BOM, and the sub-county financial auditor. Qualitative data were analyzed thematically based on the objectives and presented in narrative forms. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages and inferentially using Pearson's Product Moment Correlation Analysis in Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS Version 23) and presented using tables.
Findings: The study found that financial management performance of many public secondary schools in Wajir West Sub-county has been low. Many of them still suffer the challenge of poor financial record-keeping, budgeting, costing and pricing, and financial reporting. This has been attributed to ineffective professional development training modes adopted to train principals.
Conclusion: The study concluded that professional development training modes for principals have a significant influence on financial management in public secondary schools in Wajir West Sub-county, Wajir County, Kenya.
Recommendation: The study recommends that the Ministry of Education (MoE) should create more modes of training, such as weekends, online evening classes, besides the on-job, off-job, and mentorship programs. This will allow principals to have more flexibility and choose the mode of training that best suits their needs.
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