STATE OF SCHOOL PLANT AND STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ITS MANAGEMENT IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE

AUTHOR: OFOJEBE AMAUCHE E.

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The study investigated the state of school plant and strategies to improve its management in secondary schools in Anambra State. Eight research questions and six null hypotheses guided the study. Related literature was reviewed under conceptual framework, theoretical framework, theoretical studies and empirical studies. The design of the study was descriptive survey. The population consisted of all the 208 principals in government owned senior secondary schools in Anambra State. The entire population of 208 principals was used as subjects for the study, while in the observation of the school plant only 72 schools were used. The researcher used both observational schedule and a questionnaire as instrument for data collection. The instruments were duly validated. Their reliability were established using test re-test and split half method of reliability for the observational schedule and the questionnaire respectively. The data collected from both were subjected to reliability analysis by the technique of Person Product Moment Coefficient of Correlation. Frequency tables were used in answering research questions 1-3, ratio was used in answering research questions 4 and 5 while mean score was used in answering research questions 6 – 8. t-test was used in testing hypotheses 1 – 6 at 0.05 level of significance. The result showed that more than 50% of the schools have some material resources; there is gross inadequacy of the available material resources in schools; the government, community, principals, teachers and students all have roles to play towards effective school plant management. Implications and suggestions for further studies were also highlighted. Finally, it was recommended among others that while politicians should allow school administrators to perform their duties, the government should build maintenance cost into the educational budget to take care of deterioration of the school plant.

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