The effect of managerial leadership on the performance in early childhood education centres in Gucha south district, Kisii county, Kenya
This study investigated the effects of managerial leadership on the performance on ECDE centers in Gucha South District (Kish County). The study particularly sought to determine inadequacies within ECDE centres, various leadership styles employed in ECDE Centers in Gucha South District, the relationship between the qualifications of the ECDE teachers and school management of ECDE centres, the effect of stakeholders on the performance of ECDE centers. The study was conceived due to the fact that the performance in the ECDE Centers in Gucha South was not good, despite the global campaigns on Education For All (EFA) and related declaration of children’s is rights. The study was conducted through descriptive research design which employed an ex- post facto design. Data was collected during the month of July to October using questionnaires and observation schedule. The study targeted all the public ECDE centers in Gucha South. A sample of 16 schools out of 104 was selected using simple random sampling techniques. Simple random sampling procedure was used to select participants in each category. The filled questionnaires’ were coded, cleaned and analyzed using statistical processes for social science (SPSS) and data was presented using tables, percentages and bar graph. From the study the following are some of the findings; The leadership style of headteacher were largely directive that is autocratic which scored (9) 56.25% as given by teachers (8) 50% by chairpersons (7) 43.75% by parents and (2) 40% by inspectors. In this regard, the headteacher gave their teachers less participation in planning and other ECDE centres administration. On the relationship between the teacher qualifications and ECDE centre performance, it was found that the data showed clearly that those ECDE centres with high number of trained teachers performed positively (Local MOE Office Report, 2011) and those with fewer trained teachers performed negatively. From the findings effective managerial leadership on the performance of ECDE centres is depended on many factors functioning in complex interaction. Some key areas were identified which have an effect on managerial leadership of ECD centres, that were the style of leadership applied by various Head teachers has an influence on effective managerial leadership.