An assessment of the role and practices of school principals as instructional eaders in secondary schools of south west Shoa Zone

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Addis Ababa Universty


The purpose of this study was to assess practice and role of school principals as instructional leader in government secondary schools in South West Shoa Zone of Oromiya region. The research methodology employed in the study was both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Accordingly, a questionnaire was prepared to be filled by teachers for the quantitative part. For the qualitative, individual interviews and FGD were administered. Regarding the questionnaires, distributed to sample size of 103 teachers. Data obtained through questionnaires were analyzed using statistical tools such as frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation. The findings of the study revealed that principals show low practiced in their instructional leadership role due to loaded work, lack of training in Educational leadership and management, lack of commitment and lack of support from concerning body. Finally, based on the findings and conclusions, recommendations were made on capacity building and empowering of principals to do their work effectively on instructional leadership, in turn, encouraging participatory approach of leadership. Furthermore, South West Shoa zone/ woreda education office is responsible to give directives and guidelines in the cases that whenever shortcomings and gaps are observed and the schools should organized public relations to create school-community links.