PRINCIPALS’ ADMINISTRATIVE EFFECTIVENESS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE

AUTHOR: UDALLA NKECHI

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study was aimed at identifying competencies that are essential to administrative effectiveness of secondary school principals; and to assess the extent the principals possess and apply the identified competencies. The researcher posited five research questions and seven hypotheses which guided the study. The research drew heavily from the competency management theory and competency identification models as a framework and used descriptive survey research design. The study was conducted in two phases using two sets of questionnaires. The first phase was on competency identification while the second was on competency possession and application. The samples for the identification phase was 81 supervisors and 135 secondary school principals while the samples for the second phase consisted of the study were 69 supervisors, 117 principals and 1280 teachers. The data collected were analysed using mean, t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The study found, amongst others, that management, leadership, human/interpersonal relations, cognitive and curriculum competencies, in this order, were the competencies generally identified by the principals and supervisors as highly essential for principals’ administrative effectiveness. The principals possessed the five competencies to high extent but had moderate cognitive competencies. Principals’ application of three of the five competencies was high while cognitive and leadership competencies were the least applied. Principals were found to apply all the competencies to a lesser degree compared to their possession of the essential competencies. Equal proportions of external and internal factors affect principals’ application of the competencies. The implications of these findings, recommendations and suggestions for further studies were presented.

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