Implemantation of the school programme of in service for the term (SPRINT) in selected basic schools of Chipata district of Zambia
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ABSTRACT The study was aimed at evaluating the implementation of the School Programme of In-service for the Term (SPRINT) in 10 sampled basic schools of Chipata District in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The specific objectives were to: assess the roles teachers and head teachers played in implementing SPRINT in basic schools; seek information on the challenges they faced; and find out ways of improving the implementation of School Programme of In-service for the Term (SPRINT) activities in basic schools. The research design used was a survey following quantitative and qualitative approaches. For triangulation purposes, other sources such as documentary analysis were employed. The study sample consisted of 119 respondents who were randomly selected from the population of all teachers, head teachers and school in-service coordinators of basic schools in Chipata District. Ninety nine (99) teachers and ten (10) head teachers completed questionnaires. Interviews were conducted with 10 School In-service Coordinators (SICs). Quantitative data were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and presented in form of tables of frequencies, percentages, bar graphs and pie charts. Interview and documentary analysis data were analysed qualitatively to come up with themes which were used to answer research questions. Findings indicated thatteachers, head teachers and School In-service Coordinators participated in INSET activities under the School Programme of In-service for the Term (SPRINT). Head teachers monitored the activities and teachers participated in planning for the activities. Effective implementation of SPRINT activities was hampered by: •Inadequate time, •Negative attitude of some teachers, •Low funding, •Inconsistency in monitoring and evaluation, •Lack of organisational and facilitation skills among school in-service coordinators, •Lack of school libraries, and •Inadequate equipment and educational materials at Teachers Resource Centres. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were made: There was need for extension in time for SPRINT activities; teachers needed to change their negative attitude towards INSET activities under SPRINT; school head teachers should regularly sensitize old and new teachers on government policy regarding school-based INSET activities through induction and/or orientation workshops. Government through the Ministry of Education should increase funding to school-based INSET programmes and assist schools to establish libraries, especially in rural and remote schools; School In-service Coordinators needed to be trained in organisational and facilitation skills and Teachers Resource Centres should be equipped with modern equipment and educational materials like computers, internet and library facilities to enable teachers to do research and get information required for their SPRINT meetings.
SponsorshipMinistry of Education
- Education