Challenges of implementation of turnaround strategies by Public Secondary Schools in Kangundo District, Machakos County, Kenya
Many firms experience trends of deteriorating financial performance at some point in their organizational life cycle as a result of market erosion and / or maladaptive decisions by management. Turnaround is a strategy adopted by firms to arrest the decline and revive their growth. The objectives of this study were: to determine the challenges of implementing turnaround strategies by public secondary schools in Kangundo District, Machakos County, Kenya and to establish strategies used by public secondary schools in dealing with challenges of performance improvement in KCSE examination. This study used cross-sectional survey design. Cross-sectional survey design was chosen because it appeals for generalization within a particular parameter. The target population of the study was 20 public secondary schools. In particular, the study targeted three respondents from each public secondary school. Both primary and secondary data was used in this study. The main instrument for data collection was structured questionnaires that allow for uniformity of responses to questions. The completed questionnaires were first checked for completeness and consistency. Quantitative data collected were analyzed by the use of descriptive statistics using SPSS and presented through percentages, means, standard deviations and frequencies. The study established that majority of the respondents were neutral on whether there were adequate learning materials for use by students, the respondents further disagreed that the school had enough teaching staff required to improve their performance in KCSE. The study indicated that the schools didn‟t have enough playgrounds for students, on whether there is a high level of discipline, the study shows that the students didn‟t have a high level of discipline as was indicated in the questionnaire. The study also indicated that the level of discipline was not in the school hence affecting the performance in public secondary schools. The study therefore recommends that adequate learning materials be provided for use by the students, teachers and the whole schools team to improve the learning experience and performance at KCSE. This study therefore recommends that the schools find ways of raising more funds to fund their operations. The study therefore recommends that the school needs to find a way of acquiring adequate resources. The study recommends that more teaching staff need to be employed as well as communicating clearly the strategies meant to improve performance in KCSE examinations.