Practices and Challenges of Instructional Leadership in Private Primary Schools of Burayu City Administration, Oromia Regional State

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The Purpose of the study was to examine instructional leadership practices and challenges in private primary schools of Burayu city Administration. The study employed mixed research design consisting quantitative and qualitative approaches to collect and analyze data. The primary sources of data were principals, department heads, teachers and secondary source of data were books, journals and organization reports. From 32 primary private school 10 of them were selected using simple random sampling technique mainly lottery method. Participants in the study were 109 teachers who were selected by simple random sampling method, and 10 primary school principals,10 department heads and 8 teachers who were selected by purposive sampling. The primary data collection instruments were questionnaire, FGD and interview. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage and mean using SPSS version 24.0. Qualitative data were analyzed by using narration method. finding from the data analysis revealed that in private schools the assignment of instructional leadership has a gap. Instructional leaders assigned informally by the school owners or appointed by individuals’ interest of investor. Instructional leader was made not on the basis of their qualification and competence. instructional leader was accountable for school manager; their performance was not evaluated by district education. practices of instructional leadership aligned with the standard of MoE in the areas like developing and managing school community relation, leading and managing learning and teaching, and leading and managing school operations and resources. but, the practices which is leading and facilitating vision of learning and leading and developing individuals and team was not aligned with the standard of MoE. Teachers have almost positive perception on instructional leadership. in relation to the result of the study there are different factors which hinder instructional leadership such as lack of qualified instructional leader, lack of training on instructional leadership, lack in-service training, lack of courage to take risks for the improvement of instruction and lack of organizing the school community for leadership work are the factor that hampered of instructional leadership in the private schools. It is, therefore concluded that there are gaps in the instructional leadership practice of the private primary schools. Finally, based on the findings and conclusions, it was recommended, to equip instructional leaders with necessary knowledge, attitude and skills, the private school owners and city education office may arrange seminars, short and long term training in collaboration with different body to improve the capacity of instructional leaders. Moreover, recommendations were also provided school owners to solve selection of instructional leaders, city education office and CRC supervisors should give consistent support, guidance and follow how private school implement government policy and curriculum according to the standard