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Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Online from: 1993

Subject Area: Education

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Principals' and students' perceptions on parental contribution to financial management in secondary schools in Kenya

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Title:Principals' and students' perceptions on parental contribution to financial management in secondary schools in Kenya
Author(s):Peter Kiplangat Koross, (Sosiot Girls' Secondary School, Kericho, Kenya), Moses Waithanji Ngware, (African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, Kenya), Anthony Kiplangat Sang, (Faculty of Education and Community Studies, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya)
Citation:Peter Kiplangat Koross, Moses Waithanji Ngware, Anthony Kiplangat Sang, (2009) "Principals' and students' perceptions on parental contribution to financial management in secondary schools in Kenya", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 17 Iss: 1, pp.61 - 78
Keywords:Financial management, Kenya, Parents, Principals, Secondary schools, Students
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09684880910929935 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The management of secondary schools in Kenya has faced a number of challenges over the past few years. These challenges have been manifested in the many ways including lack of financial transparency, which culminate in unaffordable secondary schools fees. The aim of this paper is to present the findings of an investigation into the contribution of parents to the financial management of secondary schools in Kericho district of Kenya.

Design/methodology/approach – The study was exploratory in approach with a descriptive survey being used as a method of inquiry. A sample size of 30 (47 percent) was selected from 64 secondary schools in the district. From this sample, proportional sampling was then used to get seven provincial and 23 district schools into the sample. Purposive sampling was used to get the schools from each category and the respondents from each school into the sample. Questionnaires and interview schedules were used to solicit information and perceptions from principals and students.

Findings – The findings of this study indicated that Principals and students perceived parental involvement in financial management as present to some degree in most schools. The results also indicated that parental involvement had positive influence on financial management outcomes. Since schools' finance is critical in school management outcomes, it is therefore important for education stakeholders to increase parental involvement


Practical implications – Parental participation can have positive impacts on the processes of teaching and learning with active and frequent contacts between parents and school administration improving school's financial accountability and transparency. Participation will strengthen the partnership between parent teacher associations, community and school administration in addition to democratizing school governance.

Originality/value – Based on the findings of the study, parental involvement in the area of financial management is still low in the district. It was also noted that parental involvement greatly influenced the way finances in schools were managed. From these observations, parental levels of involvement in the area of school finances affect financial transparency in schools.

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