Factors influencing completion of construction projects in public secondary schools in Bomet east sub-county, Bomet county, Kenya
Maintaining steady completion of construction projects in public secondary schools have been an issue of serious concern both to the education stakeholders and contractors. Therefore, there have been numerous cases of delays and non-completion of projects which have contributed to irreparable loss to education stakeholders and to the economy as whole. However, there has been no particular research to address the problem of completion of construction projects in public secondary schools which has been so rampant. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the factors influencing the completion of construction projects in public secondary schools in Bomet SubCounty. The study was guided by the following research objectives; to establish the extent to which funding influences the completion of the construction projects in Secondary Schools in Bomet East Sub-County; to determine if management and leadership support influences completion of construction projects in Secondary schools in Bomet East Sub-County and to establish the influence of stakeholder involvement on the completion of construction projects in public secondary schools in Bomet East Sub-County. The study employed a descriptive study design with qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in data collection. Using saturation sampling technique, all the 36 public secondary schools hence 36 school principals, 36 PTA chair persons, and 36 BOGs chairpersons was targeted as respondents of the study. School principals were administered with questionnaire for quantitative data, while PTA chairmen and BOG chairpersons were interviewed using interview guides for qualitative data. Quantitative data were analyzed by both descriptive and inferential statistics such as Bivariate Pearson Correlation test, while qualitative data was analyzed thematically through content analysis. According to the major findings this study, there was relationship between funding and completion rate of construction projects with (r=0.77, P< 0.05). Where inadequate funding, procurement bureaucracy, source of funding and misappropriations of project funds was found to lead to delay in construction completion of projects. The study also found that there was statistically significant and positive relationship between project management and leadership skills and completion rate of construction projects with (r=0.68, P< 0.05). The study found that good leadership of the project team was found to enhance proper and quick project completion, poor knowledge of project management crippled project completion and supervision during construction is critical to ensure quality products and timely delivery of project. The study findings also showed that involvement of stakeholders such as the PTA, BOG, students, and the ministry in construction projects has an influence on its completion, through their level of involvement and way on involvement. As a recommendation, the government should design policies that govern the construction of projects in the learning institutions that allows for proper engagement of the major stakeholders, procurement process, sourcing of finance and engagement of the constructors in the construction of projects in public learning institutions to ensure successful completion of the projects. Head teachers and principals of public secondary and primary schools should be trained on project management to increase their skills in supervision and management of construction projects to enhance completion rate of these projects. Stakeholders such as PTA, students, and BOG members should be enlightened on the best way to involve themselves in the project and the extent of involvement, without interfering with construction and completion process. For further research, further research should be carried out to determine the effects of constructors’ competency on the completion of construction projects public secondary schools in Bomet East sub-county. The study also suggests that in future, when a similar research is to be done it should include the role of teachers, students and other education stakeholders in completion of construction projects in Bomet East sub-county.