Impact of motivation on teachers’ performance in public primary schools

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
The study was conducted to assess the “impact of motivation on the performance of public primary school teachers in the Republic of South Sudan: a case study of Yei County Public primary schools”. It was guided by the following objectives; to assess the role of motivation in enhancing performance of teachers in public primary schools in Yei County, to establish various motivational tools used to boost the performance of teachers in public primary schools in Yei County, and to analyze the challenges facing motivation of teachers in public primary schools in Yei County. The study employed descriptive research design, where both qualitative and quantitative techniques of data collection were employed. This was to enable the researcher descriptively understand the impact of motivation on the performance of teachers in Yei Public Primary School using qualitative and quantitative techniques. It was found out that majority of teachers were men, and majority in young age bracket of 31 -40 years and a big number of them are secondary school leavers. In term of motivation and various roles it’s played in enhancing performance. The research found out that all the respondents had knowledge about motivation and there was no consensus on a particular motivation role, but believed organization’s survival and achievement of its goals and reduction in absenteeism among other roles as importance, and in term of motivational tools, the research found that teachers prepared pay increment and the major challenge was late payment of salaries. The study concluded that, motivation packages for the teachers were inadequate. This was evident in the findings where majority of the respondents strongly agreed of being very dissatisfied with the services they are getting from their labor. The effects of poor motivation on work performance in the schools were absenteeism, low output and high labor turnover. The study therefore, recommended that Government should train Headmasters with high quality school management and leadership; provide career advancement by providing teachers with merit-based scholarship that enable them upgrade their credentials as well as establishment of public teachers training institutions; provision of incentives such as bonuses and bicycles to ease the problem of transport; and increment of teachers’ salaries as well as early payment of their salaries.
A Dissertation Submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration of Kampala International University
Motivation, Teachers’ performance, Public primary schools, Yei county public, South Sudan