INFLUENCE OF HEAD TEACHERS’ LEADERSHIP STYLE ON PUPILS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN NJORO SUB-COUNTY, KENYA

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James Maina
David Wamukuru

Abstract

Based on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results for the years 2012 - 2016, it was established that pupils’ performance in Njoro Sub-county was below average for a number of years and much lower compared to other sub-counties in Nakuru County. The study sought to establish the influence of head teachers’ leadership style on pupils’ academic performance. The study was guided by descriptive survey which targeted a population of 887 participants including 76 head teachers and 810 teachers. Simple random sampling was used to select 63 head teachers and 252 teachers. Data was collected a teachers’ questionnaire, head teachers’ interview guide and document analysis. The reliability of the questionnaire was estimated through the Cronbach’s Alpha (α) coefficient test and was found to be 0.813. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Simple Linear Regression was used to determine the influence of the head teachers’ leadership style on pupils’ academic performance. The study established that, head teachers used a variety of leadership styles that influenced pupils’ academic performance in public primary schools. The study concluded that Head teachers’ leadership style had statistically significant influence on pupils’ academic performance. The study recommended for in-servicing and capacity building of head teachers to enhance their leadership styles.

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How to Cite
Maina, J., & Wamukuru, D. (2021). INFLUENCE OF HEAD TEACHERS’ LEADERSHIP STYLE ON PUPILS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN NJORO SUB-COUNTY, KENYA. Journal of Education and Practices ISSN 2617-5444 (ONLINE) & ISSN 2617-6874 (PRINT), 3(1), 98-106. Retrieved from http://journals.essrak.org/index.php/education/article/view/205