Administrative strategies of public secondary school principals for enhanced teachers' commitment in delta state
Dr. Obasi Kenneth Kelechi
This study assessed the administrative strategies employed by public secondary school principals for promoting teachers' commitment in Delta State. Three research questions guided the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. Population of the study consisted of all the four hundred and forty-eight (448) public secondary school principals and thirteen thousand, two hundred and eighty-six (13,286) teachers in Delta State. The sample of this study consisted of 224 principals and 664 teachers selected from the entire population using the stratified random sampling technique. A 32-item research questionnaire titled: “Principals' Administrative Strategies for Promoting Teacher Commitment Questionnaire (PASPTCQ)” was the main instrument for data collection. This research instrument was validated by two experts from the Department of Educational Management and Policy, and one expert from the area of Measurement and Evaluation, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Reliability of the instrument was determined through a pilot test sampling 15 principals from fifteen (15) secondary schools. The scores obtained from the pilot testing were collated and measured using the Cronbach Alpha method and a reliability index of 0.73 was obtained. Data collected were analyzed using mean scores and standard deviation. Findings of the study revealed among others certain administrative strategies employed by principals for promoting teachers commitment. It was further found that the secondary school principals did not effectively employ majority of the investigated administrative strategies in order to promote teachers commitment. Based on the findings, recommendations made. include that Delta State government in collaboration with the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) should constantly organize leadership training programmes for principals to equip them with the necessary skills that can enable them employ effective instructional leadership strategies that would enhance teachers’ commitment in their schools. The secondary school principals should employ various instructional supervision strategies that will promote teachers commitment for effective instructional delivery in schools.