Ikediugwu and Chukwumah
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(2), pp. 017-026, March 2015
Manuscript Number: 012315011
Strategic Plan Implementation and Monitoring in Secondary Schools in Anambra State
Prof. Ikediugwu N. P. and Dr. Chukwumah F. O.
Dept. of Educational Management and Policy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Corresponding Author’s Email: faithchukwumah@ yahoo. com; Phone: 08065864964
This study examines how proper implementation of strategic plans and monitoring enhance principals’ managerial roles to contribute to quality education provision and service delivery in secondary schools in Anambra State. The study uses a descriptive survey design paradigm. Respondents consist of 217 principals of public secondary schools in the State, South-East, Nigeria. However, only 195 schools developed strategies in the plan document. There was no sampling as all the principals were used. Data were collected using ‘Schools’ Strategic Plan Implementation and Monitoring Questionnaire’ (SSPIMQ). Research question one on a general perspective showed that schools have implemented their strategies to a moderate extent as indicated by the overall mean score of 66.81. Finding of research question two indicated that schools monitoring of the implementation of their strategic plan was to a low extent with the mean score of 14. 87. Results also revealed that urban schools significantly differed from the rural in terms of implementation. However there was insignificant difference in their monitoring and evaluation. This implies that the quality assurance practice is at the average level in secondary schools. The study reveals that principals have inadequate understanding of strategic planning process. It therefore becomes pertinent that the Planning, Research and Statistics Unit should attempt organizing for educational managers (principals) and staff members, periodic capacity development workshops - regular short courses and seminars, one-on-one supervisor-subordinate discussions on strategic planning to enable them grasp the fundamentals and have confidence in planning strategically.
Keywords: strategic planning, implementation, monitoring, secondary school.
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