Factors influencing job satisfaction among trainers in District Centres for Early Chilhood. A case study of Nairobi County Kenya
This study investigates job satisfaction among DICECE trainers in Nairobi County and their perceptions of the current DICECE programme. Studies on job satisfaction have been carried out in several professions in different countries. These studies have found that there are several factors which affect job satisfaction. These factors include pay, work environment, supervision, fringe benefits, and prospects for advancement among others. The case study method is utilized in this study. In total (41) forty one trainers from across Nairobi county participated in the study. The researcher investigated the trainers' perceptions of their current work situation, their ideal work environment setting, and the areas that need to be addressed to ensure quality training in the County. The study found that there more women than men in the DICECE programme. The results also indicate that all trainers experience a relatively high level of job satisfaction. The majority of trainers 91.6% stated that they found their jobs worthwhile while 63.9% were satisfied with their pay. The majority 75% were dissatisfied with their fringe benefits and allowances as well as the lack of physical facilities in the training institutions. It is concluded that there is a gender and age imbalance in the program. It also concluded that the inadequate house allowances, physical facilities in the training institutions, and the limited fringe benefits adversely affect job satisfaction among trainers. The study recommends that a task force should be constituted to study the terms and conditions of service for trainers and to make specific recommendations on how to improve them. It is also recommended that a quota system should be instituted in recruiting trainers in order to address the gender imbalance and age difference. Finally the study makes suggestions on areas of further research. It recommends that this study should be replicated with a larger number of respondents with more research instruments. It is also recommended that this study should be replicated in other counties so that a comprehensive national picture of the conditions of DICECE trainers is obtained.
University of Nairobi, Kenya