School inspection and teachers’ discipline in private secondary schools in Kampala District, Uganda

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Kampala International University. College of Education, Open, Distance and E-Learning
The current study was carried out in 28 private secondary schools in five divisions of Kampala district, Uganda namely Nakawa division, Rubaga division, Kawempe division, Kampala central division, and Makindye division. It was carried out to establish the magnitude of private secondary schools’ inspection in Kampala District; to establish the level of teachers’ discipline in private secondary schools in Kampala District; and to establish the relationship between private secondary schools’ inspection and teachers’ discipline in Kampala District, Uganda. A descriptive cross-sectional survey research design taking quantitative and qualitative approaches was used in this study. It was survey because of a large number of respondents involved in the study. A sample of 453 teachers was used, it was got using the Morgan and Krejcie (1970) method of determining the sample. The quantitative data on objective one and two were analysed using arithmetic mean and the data on objective three was analysed using the Pearson linear correlation coefficient. Qualitative data were analysed using percentage distribution. The findings indicated that the magnitude of private school inspection in Kampala district is low given the grand mean of 2.04. Thus, the inspectorate department has not done much to inspect private secondary schools. Inspectors of schools are few, Inspectors spend more time with head teachers than teachers, some inspectors are corrupt, some tell head teachers in advance the day they would come to inspect. Also, teachers’ level of discipline is high given the mean of 2.59. Thus on average, teachers in private secondary schools are good in terms of performing their work; interpersonal relations and moral fibers. It was also found out that there is no significant relationship between school inspection and teachers’ discipline given the p-value of 0.07; instead, it is other factors such as remuneration, working conditions, head teacher-teacher good relations, and implementable school rules and regulations which highly account for teachers’ discipline. It was concluded that despite the huge budget allocated to the Education Ministry in Uganda, school inspection in Kampala district private secondary schools is poor. Generally, teachers in private secondary schools in Kampala are good, and school inspection has a small impact on the discipline of teachers in private secondary schools\ in Kampala. The following recommendations are made that there is need to strengthen the inspectorate department in all the five divisions of Kampala city by giving them more manpower and increase their remuneration; though teachers’ discipline was found out to be good, there is need to make it better or best because a teacher is at all times supposed to be a good example to the people’s children and must always protect their name; and since other factors such as remuneration plays a vital role in influencing the discipline of teachers, these factors should be looked into by improving them so that teachers’ discipline improves more.
Dissertation submitted to the College of Education, Open, Distance And E-Learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Degree of Master of Educational Management And Administration of Kampala International University
School inspection, Teachers’ discipline, Private secondary schools, Kampala District, Uganda