Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(9), pp. 424-431 October 2010         
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Full Length Research Paper

Factors and processes involved in the appointment of head teachers for secondary schools in Kenya: political concerns

Nyongesa Edward, Ndiku J*. Mualuko and Shiundu John

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, P.O Box 190- 50100, Kakamega.

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Received 18 July, 2010; Accepted 01 September, 2010



A descriptive survey design was used to determine the relative influence of stakeholders involved in the appointment of head teachers. The study was conducted in Bungoma East District and respondents included 20 head teachers, 20 Board of Governors (B.O.G) executive  members, 6 elected councilors (Community leaders), 4 Education Secretaries of school sponsoring churches and 1 Provincial Staffing Officer, Western Province. Questionnaires and interview schedules were used to collect data. The study revealed a variation in the stakeholder influence in the appointment of head teachers. In the light of the findings, it was concluded that there is lack of regulation of stakeholder influence in the appointment of head teachers. Recommendations were made with respect to the establishment of regulatory policy guidelines to streamline the roles of stakeholders, and clear statement of criteria to consider and methods to be used. B.O.G sub-committees need to be established for each school to work in liaison with the District Education Board in identifying deserving teachers and recommending them for appointment into headship by the Teachers Service Commission.

Keywords: Head teacher, policy, appointment