KIU Journal for Social Sciences

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The world over, the delivery of social services is increasingly difficult. Citizens are demanding more and better social services, notwithstanding the fact that their governments’ resources are increasingly inadequate. Over the years, the desire to surmount this inadequacy of resources and provide satisfactory social services has motivated various innovations. Some of these innovations have worked. Conversely, some have presented challenges that, in turn, require innovative solutions. Kampala International University acknowledges the fact that, amidst this state of affairs, it is incumbent upon the scholarly community to contribute to the generation, discussion and dissemination of the much needed innovations. It is with this cognizance that the Management Board of Kampala International University Journal of Social Science dedicates a special issue of the Journal to the discussion of contemporary issues in social services management. In this issue, several authors reflect on contemporary issues in education management. Salami delves into the correlates of job stress and burnout among university lecturers, with the conclusion that incidence of these problems is related to personality and social support. Natolooka and Nyiransabimana examine the causes and consequences of the gender gap in disfavour of women in Rwandan education. They implicate poverty, child labour and dysfunctional cultural practices for the gap. Accordingly, they recommend the promotion of awareness about the benefits of women’s education; provision of scholastic materials and scholarships to girls; and discouragement of child labour and cultural practices that foil the retention of girls. Bakkabulindi et al. address the correlates of utilisation of internet facilities among doctoral students, taking the case of Kampala International University. The team reports insigni ficant relationships between gender, level of income and perception of the advantages that the internet offers, on one hand, and the utilisation of internet facilities, on the other. Grounded on these findings, they make recommendations pertaining to the deserving foci of efforts to promote the utilisation of these facilities at the University. Starting with an examination of students’ perceptions of university management related inadequacies affecting their completion rates, Duze makes some recommendations pertaining to the improvement of the supervision of postgraduate students in a Nigerian setting. Reporting on a study that investigated the relationship between teachers’ salaries and work performance in Iganga District, Kibikyo and Samanya reveal that salary is not a significant predictor of teachers’ work performance. This is with the result that relevant policy persons are urged to look beyond increasing teachers’ salaries and pay attention to the non-financial factors affecting teachers’ work performance. Finally, Mwesigwa reports on the relationship between English language competence and academic performance at Kampala International University, a topical issue in this era of increasing south-south flows of international university students.
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management, Kampala International University, social services, innovation, education management, cultural practices, gender