Factors Influencing Management Of Constituency Development Fund Projects In Public Secondary Schools: A Case Of Imenti South Sub-county In Meru County, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing management of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects in public secondary schools. Imenti South Sub-county was selected for the study .The objectives of the study were, to assess the influence of project identification by BOM on management of CDF projects in public secondary schools, to determine how adequacy of funding influences management of CDF projects by BOM in public secondary schools, to assess the influence of project implementation by BOM on management of CDF projects in public secondary schools and to determine the influence of Monitoring and Evaluation by BOM on management of CDF projects in public secondary schools. The study may be of significance to the Ministry of Education in formulating policies related to Management of CDF projects. The study adopted descriptive survey design .The researcher used questionnaire, Interview guide and observational checklist to collect data. The respondents of the study were 32 school principals, 32 BOM chairpersons, 165 BOM members, 12 CDFC members, 1 DEO and 3 AEOS.Validity of the instrument was established through sharing the information in the questionnaires with the supervisor and colleague students to establish whether the questions were relevant. Reliability of the instrument was established through test retest method. Quantitative data was analyzed through descriptive statistics using SPSS package and presented using percentages and Tables. Qualitative data was analyzed through content analysis which in turn was analyzed by organizing data into themes. The findings of the study showed that majority of BOM committee were usually involved in identification of projects through participation in need assessment, tendering of project, budget preparation and implementation. Findings also indicated that BOM committee lacks a developed monitoring and evaluation system for schools though a majority agreed that adhering to monitoring and evaluation schedule would improve management of CDF projects in schools. The recommendations of the study are that the CDF committee should disburse funds in time to schools and also allocate enough funds to facilitate completion of the intended projects. This would minimize stalled CDF projects in schools.