Influence Of Headteachers’ Resource Management Practices On Students’ Performance In Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education In Nyamache District, Kisii County.
Studies show that it is important to apply Resource Management Practices to influence students’ academic performance. The purpose of this study therefore was to investigate the influence of head teachers’ Resource management practices on students’ performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in Nyamache district, Kisii County. The study attempted to answer the following research questions: To what extent does the head teachers’ motivation of students influence their performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education? What influence do staff development opportunities have on students’ academic achievement? What relationship is there between head teachers’ management of students’ discipline and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education performance? What challenges do head teachers face in enhancing academic achievement in their schools? The study attempted to achieve the following objectives; To establish the extent to which head teachers’ motivation of students influence their performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, to determine the influence of staff development opportunities on students’ Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education performance, to examine the relationship between head teachers’ management of students’ discipline and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education achievement, to examine challenges head teachers face in enhancing students’ academic achievement. The research design adopted was a descriptive study approach with Nyamache district being the chosen description of study. The population consisted of 10,552 students, 187 teachers and 45 school heads. The population was stratified into three strata of pupils, teachers and head teachers respectively where random sampling was used to select a student sample of 425, 151 teachers and 30 head teachers. The drop and pick technique was used to administer the Questionnaire. Descriptive statistics based on frequency and percentage distribution and cross tabulations were used to analyze the data and make comparison between the desired variables. The major findings of the research showed that school heads in Nyamache district faced challenges while trying to enhance students’ academic achievement in their schools. Qualitative and Quantitative data analyses were used. The study showed that school heads held consultative meetings with students frequently. The recommendations made were based on the findings and conclusions of the study. They included; the secondary school heads to trained on Resource Management, ideas raised by students during the consultative meetings be taken serious, sensitization on the issues of discipline to all the stakeholders, the condition of the instructional facilities in secondary schools be improved, the government to improve staffing in secondary schools and also disburse funds in good time. Further research studies should be carried out to investigate the internal and external head teachers’ resource management practices that influence students’ academic achievement.