Title

A study of how secondary school head teachers monitor and evaluate teachers in their own schools

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Wachira

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Dr. Mweru Mwingi

Department

Institute for Educational Development, East Africa

Abstract

The functions of M&E of teachers have been decentralized from the ministry to the school level. Head teachers have been mandated to conduct M&E of teachers in their schools. However, little is documented on how they carry out this role. The study explored how secondary school head teachers monitor and evaluate teachers in their schools. Specifically, the study sought the views of the head teachers on how they monitor and evaluate teachers in their schools. This study made use of both a fixed and flexible designs to collect data. Questionnaires were administered to 64 head teachers in Mombasa County, interviews were conducted with five head teachers and relevant documents were analyzed. Findings revealed that HTs carry out M&E so as to make teachers accountable for their work and identify areas of improvement for teachers. In addition, findings revealed that classroom observation, document analysis and teacher performance appraisals are the strategies HTs use to collect and document performance ratings on teachers. Finally, findings revealed that HTs play a crucial role which revolves around mentoring and professional support for teachers.

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