Influence Of Stakeholders’ Participation On Completion Of Infrastructural Projects: A Case Of Public Secondary Schools In Mwingi-east District
The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of stakeholders’ participation in completion of infrastructural projects; A case of public secondary schools in Mwingi-East District. The objectives of the study were: to establish the role of school management, BOM members, parents, sponsor and government officials in the completion of infrastructural projects of the school. The study used descriptive survey design. The questionnaires and interview were used as the instruments for data collection. Questionnaires were administered to the principals, BOM members, government officials and parent representatives. An interview guide was administered on the sponsor representatives. Data was collected using census and simple random sampling. Data was analyzed using both inferential and descriptive statistics. The findings for this study were that school management especially the principal in conjunction with the BOM is tasked various roles such as; overall school administration, the curriculum, leadership, human relations, community relations and working relationships. It further indicated that the school management was in the hands of the BOM and the school principal who must not do everything alone but should involve other partners in planning, decision making and execution. It was established that the major financiers for secondary school projects were the parents through payment of school fees and PTA levies. Others are the Government the religious sponsors and other well-wishers. It was established that majority of schools in Mwingi-East District are AIC sponsored making 62.5% of the respondents. The rest of the schools (37%) were Catholic sponsored. It was also established that the major (100%) role for the sponsors was spiritual guidance through the Christian unions and the young Christian societies. However they were still involved in sponsoring some students (30%) and planning (60%) through the BOMs as members. Based on the findings from this study, the researcher recommends that the ministry of education should continuously in-service the school principals on school management which involves financial management. This would empower them to be good managers of the finances and school projects geared towards completing the school infrastructures. Concerning the role of parents, the school management should involve the parents in conception of projects, planning, and implementation and even in monitoring school projects so that they will own the decisions and therefore be able to give the needed support. Concerning the Government involvement in school projects, the Government should increase their financial allocations to secondary schools so that the schools can have enough money to finance their planned projects. The government through Ministry of Education officials should also genuinely monitor and evaluate school projects so as to ensure compliance. Concerning the religious sponsors of secondary schools, the researcher recommends that they should increase their financial support to schools rather than just propagating their faith in schools. They should also work in conjunction with other religious groups since there is freedom of worship in the country. Further study can be done on factors influencing the principals’ resource mobilization to finance secondary school facilities. Further study can also be done on the effect of school infrastructure on the performance of students in Kenya certificate of secondary education. Also further research can be done on impacts of District quality and assurance officers’ visits on completion of school infrastructural project.