Practices and Problems of Decision Making in Selected Preparatory Schools of Horro Guduru Wollega Zone of Oromia National Regional State

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Addis Ababa University


The main purpose of this study was to assess the practices and problems of decision making in selected preparatory schools of Horro Guduru Wollega. Descriptive survey method was employed. The sample covered five preparatory schools. Respondents were principals, teachers, department heads, Parent Teachers Association heads, secondary school supervisors and students’ council members.Teacher respondents were selected by simple random sampling technique and the others were by available of sampling. The instruments used to collect data were questionnaire, interview, focus group discussion and document observation and review. The collected data were interpreted both quantitatively and qualitatively. Besides, the statistical tools used to analyze the data were frequencies and percentages. The findings of the research showed that the school leaders were less followed steps of decision making and have low knowledge on how to make decisions; the decisions were lowly meet the objectives and goals of the school. Most of the school principals were not qualified and trained in school leadership, not skilled enough in preparing participatory decision making. They lowly encourage and involve stakeholders in decision making. Due to the above reasons the practices of decision making was poor and had many problems in the preparatory schools of Horro Gudur Wollega zone. Based on the findings the following recommendations were forwarded. Thus, it is advised to give awareness and encourage the stakeholders to increase their participation in decision making. Professionally qualified leaders have to be assigned and giving on job training for them by concerned bodies. The school leaders should have to make the school secular and minimize the interferences of external bodies from school decision making. Also they have to take time and think over the consequences of the decisions before implementation, follow the decision making steps and check whether the formulated decision meet the objectives and goals of the school.



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