Gender disparities of administrators in selected public primary schools in Nyamira division, Yanza province Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
That women’s position in society has not improved greatly in recent years has been established in the literature. Women as managers and their roles in administration has become a topic of special interest and importance in the present decade. This study was conducted to find out the why gender disparities exist in school administration in primary schools of Nyamira division, Nyanza Province Kenya. The central research questions were “1) what is the profile of administrators in primary schools in Nyamira division? ii) what is the difference between the number of male and female administrators in Nyamira division? iii) what are the factors constraining the women to joining school administration and are male administrators preferred to the female administrators in Nyamira division? iv) what are the possible measures for the improvement of the ratio of female to male in school administration?”. To answer these questions, data were collected from teachers in 20 Government Primary Schools in Nyamira division. A total number of 88 questionnaires were sent out but a total of 60 respondents which involved male and female teachers responded. The study followed a paradigm of non experimental descriptive research which was a cross sectional survey research design. Simple statistical methods of data analysis were used i.e frequency analysis, percentages and Severity index (SI). The findings of this study are imperative for educational planning and management, that male were preferred than the female school administrators, personal problems, organizational barriers and affirmative action as a way forward study recommended; providing gender sensitive training to both males and females to promote non discriminatory working relationships and respect for diversity in work and management styles and focusing on girl child education in terms of women in top educational management and leadership providing candid role models, meeting the biological and sanitation needs of the girls in school and removing all types of stereotypes against women at all levels of education.
A thesis presented to the school of postgraduate studies and research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Masters of Education in Administration and Management
Gender disparities, administrators, primary schools, Yanza province