RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEADTEACHER’S COMMITMENT AND LEARNERS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KERICHO COUNTY, KENYA

CHERUSE JOEL KIMENGICH, VIVILINE NGENO, KAPTINGEI SOLOMON

Abstract


The purpose of the study is to investigate the relationship between headteacher’s commitment and
learners’ academic performance in primary schools in Kericho County, Kenya. The study was based on
the transformational leadership theory. The research design employed was the convergent parallel
mixed methods design. The target population consisted of 801 headteachers (524 public schools and
277 private schools) and 5933 teachers in the primary schools, 31 CSOs, 6 TSC Sub County directors
and 6 MOE Sub County directors in Kericho County. Simple random and stratified sampling were used
to sample 86 head teachers, Purposive sampling was used in selecting 172 teachers, 10 CSOs, 6 TSC
Sub County directors and 6 MOE Sub County directors in Kericho County from Kericho County. Data
was collected using questionnaires and interview schedules. Data on academic perfromance was
collected using secondary data approach. Piloting was done in 9 primary schools in the neighboring
Bomet County. Quantitative data was analysed using descriptive and inferencial statistics such as
pearsons correlation moments and regression. Qualitative data was analyzed using textual analysis.
The study established that headteachers’ commitment did not have a statistically significant relationship
with learners’ academic performance in primary schools in Kericho County. The regression analysis
were as follows. Headteachers' Commitment and learners’ academic performance (Beta = -0.012; p =
0.914).


Keywords


Headteacher’s Commitment, Learners’ Academic Performance, Primary Schools

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