OUTCOMES OF COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KIKUYU DISTRICT

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The concept of community participation in management of education is a crucial topic in attaining quality education. When schools work together with communities to support learning, the child tends to succeed not just in school but throughout life. Kenya as one of the developing  countries  strives  to  attain  universal  primary education  and  some  of  the  key concerns include; achievement of greater access, participation, equity, quality and relevance. This  study  aimed  at  investigating  the  extent  to  which  community  participation  in management of public primary schools improves quality of education. The study was conducted in 27 out of 57 public schools in Kikuyu District. The study investigated the extent to which community is involved by examining how the community participates, outcomes of the participation, enabling factors of participation, inhibitors to participation, challenges of participation as well as how to improve participation.

 

The  results  of  the  investigation  were  very  revealing  and  answered  crucial  questions pertaining  involvement  of the community in  management  of education.  Factors  such  as accessibility and informed members of the community were some of the enabling factors whilst lack of time and conflicts were some of the inhibitors to this synergy. Further, the study confirmed that community participation in management improves quality. However, the level of participation is very low in some schools whereas schools where the community plays an integral role in management perform well in KCPE. Communities should be encouraged to participate more to improve the quality of education. The ensuing report details the findings of the participation of communities in the management of education and makes recommendations which when implemented, would go a long way in improving the quality of education not only in Kenya but other developing countries as well.

Author: 
Mukiri Loise Wanjiru
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