Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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Participation of Teachers in the Selection of School Prefects
Newman Wadesango
The role of a teacher was to be a classroom manager responsible for student academic performance and daily behavior within the classroom. School matters outside classroom like policy planning and decisions making traditionally were not related to teachers but to school administrators like principals. The extent to which teachers participate in decision-making is a determining factor on their job motivation. The way principals relate with teachers is important in management of schools. Shared governance is identical to participative decision-making and it affects the stability of the school. The increasing emergence of participation in decision-making (PDM) in schools reflects the widely shared belief that flatter management and decentralized authority structures carry the potential for promoting school effectiveness. The study adopted a qualitative research methodology. Data was analysed using thematic content analysis. The study collected data by using multiple instruments such as interview schedules document analysis schedules. The sample consisted of five school heads and twenty teachers from five schools. The results indicated more participation of teachers in the whole process of prefects’ selection. The study established that the higher the complexity of the issue, the more the decisions are concentrated in the hands of the inner most core while the lesser the significance of the decision the more it is likely to be thrown into the hands of the majority of the staff members in all the schools under study.
School Prefects, decision-making, principals, teacher participation
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