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Title: THE MANAGEMENT OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS IN ADDIS ABABA: ISSUES, PRACTICES AND PROBLEMS
Authors: SETOTAW, YIMAM
Advisors: Ato Ayalew Shibeshi
Copyright: Jun-2001
Date Added: 24-Nov-2012
Abstract: The main purpose of this study was to undertake a systematic investigation into the problems and practices pertaining to the management of primary school textbooks in Addis Ababa City Administration and thereby to identify the strengths and weaknesses characterizing it and finally conclude by presenting recommendations. The research methodology employed was descriptive survey. A total of 44 respondents from the REB and the six Zonal Education Departments as well as 195 principals, department heads, teachers and storekeepers drawn from 28 primary schools were used as data sources. Twelve woreda education officers were also involved. At the REB , Zone and Woreda levels, availability sampling technique was applied. The primary schools were randomly selected, making sure that they were representatives of the six zones and government, public, private, church and other types of schools. Questionnaires, interviews, document inspections and visual spot checking were used to collect the necessary information. Results obtained were analyzed by the use of percentage, means, chi- square test, t- test and Spearman's Rank Correlation. Following statistical analysis, results showed that there are noticeable improvements in reducing the textbook to pupil ratio as well as giving out the task of writing manuscripts to commissioned writers. However, among the many shortcomings that need timely corrective measures are the inadequacy of distribution systems, inadequate, procedure of textbook development and approval, poor physical quality of textbooks, inefficient and inaccurate information management system, and poor textbook utilization. Recommendations for addressing these issues include, among other things, formulating a comprehensive textbook policy, guidelines and strategy; building the textbook management system with the appropriate manpower and capacity; giving particular emphasis to the institutional arrangements and quality control mechanisms; involving all stakeholders in all stages of textbook management; shifting from supply-led to demand-led system of textbook provision; involving the private sector in textbook publishing and distribution; and establishing a sense of responsibility and accountability at all levels.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3968
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