Influence of school management committees on provision of teaching/learning resources in public primary schools Kisii South District, Kenya
ABSTRACT Studies have shown that efficient management of school teaching and learning resources makes the school a better learning environment. There is need to establish the link between the role of the school management committees and the provision of teaching and learning resources in public primary schools. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to investigate the influence school management commitees (SMCs) on the provision of teaching and learning resources in public primary schools in Kisii South District. The objectives were: to determine how strategies used in provision of resources; maintenance of school facilities by SMCs; resource mobilization by school management committees; and accountability for school funds by school management committee influenced the provision of teaching and learning resources in the schools in the area. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. Simple and stratified random sampling techniques were used to draw the sample. The study involved sixteen headteachers, sixy six teachers and twenty seven school management commitee members. Questionnaires and interview guides were used in the instrumentation after pretesting. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and summarized into frequencies and percentages. According to the findings, the SMCs met regularly to discuss matters touching on teaching and learning resources and 60% of the members of the SMCs regularly attended the meetings. The SMCs members were also involved in the allocation of teaching and learning resources.The SMCs regularly inspected school facilities so as to ensure that all components of the facility are in good working condition.They were actively involved in the budgeting for the schools maintenance. They were also involved in the mobilization of funds for their schools and in the budgeting of the school funds as recommended. The study concluded that the SMCs members were playing their parts well and all the study variables were indeed factors influencing school management commitees on the provision of teaching and learning resources in the study area. It was recommended that SMCs in the area need to become more aggressive and innovative in resource mobilization and that stakeholder should form more committees at different levels and increase the efficiency of the school management committee in providing teaching and learning resources. More studies should be done on the influence of ICT in the management of public primary schools, role of parents in provision of teaching learning resources in Kisii South District. Influence of infrastructure location and headteachers management strategies in public primary schools. Strategies used by SMCs in ensuring health and safety standards in public primary school.