Author: Chukwumah Fides Okwukweka
Department: Educational Managment and Policy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
The study examined the extent Anambra State public secondary schools have developed and implemented the strategies of their schools’ strategic plans deemed to improve education provision and service delivery in the State. Specifically the study investigated the extent to which secondary schools developed strategic plans for school improvement as directed them by the PPSSC; the extent to which secondary schools implemented their strategic plans for school improvement to achieve goals and objectives; and the extent to which secondary schools monitored and evaluated their strategic plan implementation for school improvement. It equally examined the problems secondary schools experienced during strategic plan development and implementation for school improvement. The study adopted descriptive survey design and was carried out in Anambra State and it embraced all the State public secondary schools. The population of the study was the entire 254 principals. Four research questions and six hypotheses guided the study. The reliability coefficient of the instrument was established using Inter-rater for the Checklist
and Cronbach Alpha measure of internal consistency for the questionnaire items. The analysis for the Checklist yielded kappa value, of 0.740 that is, 74% agreement. The Cronbach Alpha measure of the items yielded 0.81; 0.79; 0.76; 0.85 and 0.85 respectively. These indicated that the instruments were reliable and capable of testing what they were intended to test. The data generated from the study were collated, arranged and analyzed using percentage, mean and standard deviation. Chi-square was used to analyze the first two hypotheses and z-test was used for hypotheses 3 to 6 at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the data collected showed that greater proportion of schools developed their strategic plan document to a high extent; implementation of strategies of the plans was to a moderate extent; the monitoring and evaluation of strategic plan implementation was to a low extent and all the school principals endorsed the list of problem indicators given as problems they experienced both during the plan development and plan implementation. The results of the hypotheses showed that there were significant differences between urban and rural schools in the conformity of approved design of strategic plans and in the implementation of the strategic plans. However there was no significant difference in the plan development; monitoring and evaluation of strategic plans and in the problems schools encountered in the strategic plans process. It was therefore recommended that Post-Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC) should regularly organize short courses, workshops and seminars for the principals and staff to further guide them to have better grip of strategic plan best practices. It should also set up a monitoring team unit that should be tracking the implementation of strategic plan in progress for timely correction in order that the goals of education provision and service delivery in Anambra State will be achieved.
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