An assessment of the administration and management of sports activities in some selected primary schools of Kapiri Mposhi district.
Mukamba, I. Chrispin
The University of Zambia
The study strived to assess the administration and management of sports activities which is problematic to the primary schools of Kapiri Mposhi District in Central Province of Zambia. The objectives of the study were to: investigate the challenges in the administration and management of sports activities; establish how much support is rendered to teachers involved in sports by the school management in the implementation of sports activities; and evaluate the levels of performances and competences of teachers in the management of sports activities. The study used a descriptive survey design which employed the qualitative strategy in order to effectively address the issues raised by the research questions. The descriptive research design was used to establish the extent to which sports is managed in selected primary schools of Kapiri Mposhi District. In any case, the method of data collection included in-depth structured questionnaires and focus group discussions, where some guiding questions were prepared to collect subjective responses from the learners involved in sports activities. The target population included School Management Teams, sports teachers and pupils involved in sports activities in some selected primary schools of Kapiri Mposhi District. Both simple random sampling and purposive sampling techniques were used to select the respondents. As findings, the study revealed that sports activities in primary schools continues to be poorly managed because of lacking infrastructure, funds, sports equipment and having un-skilled and in-competent teachers managing sports activities. The findings also indicate that school managers were not very supportive to the sports teachers in the management of sports activities and learners lacked balls and sports attires like jerseys. Consequently, the current primary school curricular does not promote „physical education‟ as an independent subject to promote and support sports activities in primary schools. As conclusion, the study revealed that the problems and challenges in the administration and management of sports activities includes inadequate funding, poor and limited infrastructure, limited sports materials and equipment, and un-skilled teachers to manage sports activities who are not supported by school managers. Based on the findings above, the study recommends that there should be adequate and proper sports infrastructure in primary schools, adequate financial and material resources support from the government through funding schools, and support from school managers. Equally, physical education should be revamped in the curricular and teachers should be trained in sports management to trigger the management of sports activities process in primary schools.
Sports administration--Study and teaching. , Sport operations--Management and development. , Sport management and development--Zambia.