A survey of school senior managers' perceptions of performance management system in schools offering British National Curriculum (BNC) in Nairobi, Kenya
Performance management systems are progressively being embraced as a strategy to improve on individual, team and organizational performance by organizations in the public and private sectors as well as Non Governmental Organisations (NGO). On 1st September 2000 the Appraisal Regulation was introduced in the United Kingdom to set up guidelines for Performance management in the mainstream schools (British national curriculum based schools). This study was aimed at establishing the perceptions of School heads on the following aspects of performance management system in schools offering the British National curriculum in Nairobi. Kenya: its meaning. its key elements and finally its benefits. The results from this study will help to gauge the success of the implementation of the performance management systems in the British national curriculum schools. The survey was based on the sixteen British National Curriculum based schools in Nairobi. Interviews were carried out with either the school principal. deputy principal. section heads or senior administrator entrusted with the development of the strategies and policies. The study results were as follow's on the aspects of performance management system in schools offering the British National curriculum in Nairobi. Kenya: 45% of the respondents could correctly define performance management systems. 100% of the respondents perceived the performance management systems to have benefits. on average all the respondents agreed with the elements of performance management systems. From the perceptions of the senior managers there is a high likelihood of success in the implementation of performance management systems.