COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF PRINCIPALS’ SCHOOL PLANT UTILIZATION AND MAINTENANCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ENUGU STATE
Keywords:Principals, School Plant, Utilization, Maintenance, Teaching Facilities, Sports Facilities
The study comparatively analyzed principals’ school plant utilization and maintenance in public and private secondary schools in Enugu State with emphasis on teaching facilities. Two research questions guided the study. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised 600 respondents made up of 292 public and 308 private secondary school principals in Enugu State. Multistage sampling procedure was used to draw 300 principals of which 146 were from public and 154 from private secondary schools. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts from Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using Cronbach Alpha which yielded an overall reliability index of 0.79. The researchers together with five research assistants collected data for the study and a 94 percent return rate was recorded. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. The findings of the study revealed among others that the principals of public and private secondary schools differ in utilization of teaching facilities in the areas of mandating teachers to use the recommended text books available in the school library for their instructional delivery and inspecting
teachers’ ICT usage. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that the State Post Primary School Services Commission and school proprietors should organize annual sensitization programme for principals to bridge the gap in their utilization of teaching facilities and also imbibe good maintenance culture.
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