Empowerment of Teachers and Performance of Private secondary schools in Bomet County,Kenya
The role of teachers in improving the quality of education in the county is critical. Empowerment of teachers and performance of private secondary schools are key strategic initiatives. The objective of the study was to establish the extent of the relationship between teacher empowerment and performance of private secondary schools in Bomet County. A descriptive, cross-sectional census survey was used. The population of the study consisted of all the principals from the twelve private schools in Bomet County. Research used both primary and secondary data. Data was collected using semi structured questionnaires. It was then analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution percentages, mean and standard deviations. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to test the strength and significance of the relationship between the extent of teacher empowerment and performance of private secondary schools. The study found a strong positive relationship between empowerment of teachers and performance of private secondary schools. The two variables were found to have a correlation coefficient of 0.833; meaning that empowerment of teachers increase performance of schools. The study concludes that teachers should be given greater degree of flexibility in their performance of their duties so as to increase school performance. It was recommended that principals should be trained on how to empower teachers so as to fully entrench the concept of empowerment in the education sector for better performance. The study suggested that it further studies should involve more school variables and teachers characteristics to achieve a more understanding on the concept of empowerment.