Factors influencing the implementation of educational projects in secondary schools; a case of Lari sub-county, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to assess the factors that influence the implementation of educational projects in secondary schools, a case study of Lari sub-county in Kiambu County. The objectives of the study were to examine how project planning, monitoring, funding and stakeholders‟ involvement influences implementation of educational projects. Literature review was from studies carried out on the parameters influencing implementation of educational projects. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The target population of the study was 172 stakeholders in secondary schools comprising of; 120 members of the BOM committee, 40 secondary school principals, 11 CDF management committee members and1 director of education. The sample for the study was 53 people which included 13secondary school principals, 36 members of the BOM committee, 3 CDF members of management committee and 1 sub-county Director of Education. This was 30% of the target population size. Closed questionnaires were administered and used for data collection. The D.E.O was interviewed. The instrument was pre tested in four secondary schools to 12 respondents from BOM members, 4secondary school Principals and 1 member of the CDF committee who did not form part of the selected sample for study. The validity of the instrument was tested using content analysis. Test-retest reliability method was used to measure the instruments reliability. The data was collected, analyzed and presented using tables. Descriptive statistical measures such as frequency distributions, mean, median, percentages and standard deviation were used. Results were tabulated using statistical package for social scientists (SPSS). The researcher carried out reliability test on the test instruments using cronbach‟s alpha. The results yielded a value of 0.845 based on the test items. Sampling adequacy test on the data using KMO and Barletts test yielded a value of 0.80. The findings of the study revealed the level of parental involvement was very high in both planning and implementation of educational projects. Record keeping was also noted to be used more than interviewing as a monitoring strategy. It was noted that the MOPW was critical to the success of educational projects since it was involved in all projects undertaken in schools. The study revealed that high level planning, funding, monitoring and stakeholder involvement has a positive influence on project implementation. Equally projects falter when these factors are not put into consideration. The study recommends that the government, parents and the BOM should increase their level of participation in planning, funding and monitoring of educational projects in schools. Equally there should be training of stakeholders on their roles to enhance quality in implementation of educational projects.