Community participation in the management of public schools in Oromia regional state, Ethiopia

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study is about Community participation in management of Public Schools at Oromia state Ethiopia. It examined the extent to which Communities participate in the management of Public Schools .Community participation is the independent variable while management is the dependent variable. A cross sectional study design using both quantitative and qualitative approaches on a population of 280 and a sample of 200 respondents from Oromia, PS. TTC5, HIs, Vocational Trainng Centers, state Federal Dept of education officials, community members used. A simple random sampling method and purposive sampling method were used to select the respondents. Data was collected using a questionnaire and documentary analysis. The data was analyzed using SPSS using mean, standard deviations, correlations and regression analysis. The study found out that Public schools in Oromia did not carry out effective planning and monitoring and evaluation (organizing and control practices and that planning, organizing and controlling) had a significant relationship with community participation. It stimulates increased accountability. The regression model revealed that community participation was better predictor of management of public Schools (Beta = .404, Sig. <.01). The study concluded that management was not putting emphasis on Technical assistance in negotiating with community and other power holders. Some established public Schools lack Strategic planning, volunteers’ skills. Some Public school managers don’t take individuals within the community as vital. The study recommends that Management of Public schools should Influence partnerships involving communities, Communicate how partnerships develop, sharing information, Inclusivity, build Capacity knowledge and skills at all times. Blending community participation and Management will be able to shape overall development, informal and fragile groups strengthened, strategic planning, volunteerism, better interaction, networks formed stimulate cohesion.
Presented to the college of higher degree And Research of Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Art of Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University
Community participation, Management, Public schools, Oromia regional state, Ethiopia