An Assessment of Community Participation in Supporting Primary Education in South Zone of Tigray Region

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Addis Ababa University


Since 1995 E.C when the abolition of registration fees in the region became effective and the government has cut allocating capital budget for primary education, schools are facing problems in running educational activities due to lack of adequate funding. This situation coupled with the poor status of most schools which have not been maintained for long and are ill-equipped and the commitment to achieve UPE, obviously requires the involvement of the community than ever before. In light of this, the main purpose of this study was to assess the participation of local community in support of educational programs in primary schools and thereby identify the potential constraints and the drawbacks encountered, strengths observed and suggest viable recommendations that would enhance the endeavours further. To this end, the study employed descriptive survey research method. Accordingly, questionnaire and interview guide were prepared, pilot tested and administered to 138 sample subjects consisting of 80 PTA members, 40 LETE members and 18 WED. A total of 97 subjects (98.9 percent) havejilled and returned the questionnaire and 40 of the interviewees were approached. Moreover, document analysis was used to supplement the data gathered through questionnaire and interview. Finally, the data gathered was analysed using percentage and t - test as well as qualitative analysis. The results obtainedfrom the study indicate that the level of participation of PTA, LETE and the community was satisfactory though it is mainly limited to labour contribution. Nevertheless, it has been constrained by factors such as lack of knowledge and skill of PTA and LETE members in mobilization and governance, lack of coordination in among the authorities etc. In view of this the future prospect of community participation will be at stake unless the aforementioned problems are tackled. Finally, the study has come up with the following recommendations that are believed to alleviate the problems faced and improve the practice. These include: raising the awareness of the community and build the capacity of PTA and LETE, developing the culture of evaluation, recognizing the efforts of the community and encouraging PTA members, so as to create a facilitated condition for promoting the participation of the community in a sustainable and meaningful manner.



Supporting Primary Education