Head Teachers’ Administrative Skills and Curriculum Management in Universal Secondary Education Schools in Kiruhura District, Uganda
The study investigated head teachers’ administrative skills and curriculum management in Universal Secondary Education (USE) Schools in Kiruhura District of Uganda. The objectives were to identify the head teachers’ administrative skills in managing curriculum, to establish the challenges faced by USE school head teachers in curriculum management, and to find the relationship between head teachers’ administrative skills and curriculum management. The study employed a cross sectional survey research design. Data was collected using a questionnaire and interview guides administered to head teachers of USE schools and respondents from the Kiruhura district education officer’s office. Microsoft office excel and word were used to generate frequencies and tables for easy interpretation and presentation of the data. The research findings revealed that the highest administrative skills used by head teachers in USE schools was involving teachers in curriculum activities which was rated at 90% by the respondents, whereas absenteeism at 26.8% for both teachers and students was the biggest challenge faced by secondary schools head teachers. Finally, the respondents indicated that there was a relationship between administrative skills and curriculum, rated at 91% yes response. The study recommends that stake holders establish monthly workshops aimed at improving head teachers administrative skills in order to attain an improved curriculum management in USE schools.
Head Teachers’ Administrative Skills and Curriculum Management in Universal Secondary Education Schools in Kiruhura District, Uganda, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.
Vol. 5, No. 3,
2020, pp. 81-93.
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