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The perceptions of school teachers and leaders toward school inspections in Tanzania secondary schools: the case of Arusha Municipality

Haule, Michael Emanuel (2012) The perceptions of school teachers and leaders toward school inspections in Tanzania secondary schools: the case of Arusha Municipality.

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Abstract:A study was done in Arusha Municipality in Tanzania to establish the perceptions of school teachers and leaders towards school inspections and how the school teachers and leaders react towards school inspections findings and recommendations. This was in response of concerns which were raised and mentioned in different reports and studies in Tanzania showing that school inspection findings and recommendations were not effectively addressed in schools for school performances improvement. The data and methodological triangulation approaches were employed for field data collection whereby different schools, school teachers and leaders were sampled for interviews and FGDs and surveys were also done to comprehend each other in the data collected and to address the drawback of biases of respondents. It was therefore found that school inspections were negatively perceived by school teachers while school leaders tended to be somehow positive towards school inspections processes. Furthermore, school teachers seemed to reject school inspections findings and recommendations while on average school leaders seemed to accept school inspection findings and recommendations. This was because the level of involvement of school leaders in the school inspection process was higher than school teachers. It is therefore recommended that different stakeholders in education and school inspections should consider the need of introduction of a school self evaluation (SSE) system. Schools should be empowered to conduct school self evaluations so that school context data may feed school inspections reports. Furthermore, it is also further recommended that the Government of Tanzania should consider establishing an independent school inspectorate to increase the level of trust by school teachers and leaders and transparency of the inspectorate. Different stakeholders should be brought onboard on deciding the mode of operation of the independent school inspectorate. It can either work as an agency or as a hired organization or company.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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