Factors influencing teachers’ level of job satisfaction in public primary schools in Kayole Division, Embakasi Sub County, Kenya
This research project reports the findings on the factors influencing teachers’ level of job satisfaction in public primaryschools in Kayole Division,Nairobi County. The objectives of the study were to determine the extent to which remuneration, working conditions, teachers’ level of education and work load influence the teachers’ level of job satisfaction in Kayole Division, Nairobi County. A descriptive survey design was used to collect primary data by means of questionnaires. The study employed simple random sampling technique to collect data from public primary schools in Kayole Division. The target population of the study was all the 20 public primary schools in Kayole and all the teachers therein. The study used primary data that was collected using structured questionnaires for head teachers and teachers with both closed and open ended questions to establish the factors influencing teachers’ level of job satisfaction in public primary schools in KayoleDivision, Nairobi. The sample size was 196 teachers from public primary schools in Kayole Division.An analysis of the quantitative data collected was discussed and analyzed using percentages and frequency distribution then presented in tables and graphs according to the study objectives. Questionnaire return rate for head teachers was 90 percent and for the assistant teachers was 89 percent.Further findings showed that 27 percent of the teachers expressed dissatisfaction since they teach between 31-40 lessons per week. 65 percent of the teachers were not satisfied that their salary meets their expenses, while only 10 percent were satisfied with fringe benefits. From the findings of this study, it was noted that 32 percent of the teachers were not satisfied with their job due to heavy work load in terms of number of lessons taught per week.On the other hand 59 out of the 196 respondents were not satisfied with the conditions of the classrooms. The study recommended that teachers should engage their employer through their unions for better pay, including the increase of starting pay for newly employed P1 teachers from job group H to K, while the concerned stakeholders in education sector should ensure that more teachers are employed and the infrastructure in schools is improved for more teacher satisfaction.Further studies can be done on the factors affecting teachers’ level of job satisfaction in other counties to find out more about the state of education system in public primary schools.