School Inspection: Standards and Their Realization in the Context of Secondary Schools in Woliso Town Administration, Oromia Regional Stat

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The main purpose of this study was to assess the Realization of School Inspection Standards in the Context of Secondary Schools in Woliso Town Administration. The study adopted a descriptive study design. The target population for this research was teachers, students, and head of schools drawn from three secondary schools, namely: Woliso Secondary, Dejazmch Geresu Secondary and Dejasmach Gesesu Preparatory schools. Inspectors and other workers from the town administration education office including head of the office were also involved. It was from this population that 152 respondents were sampled through purposive and simple random sampling techniques. Both primary and secondary data were collected. Primary data were collected using questionnaires, FGD and interview while secondary data were obtained through reviewing reports available. The conclusions drawn from the study were, first, the school standards were not sufficiently realized in all the three schools under the study. Secondly, although it was far below the expectation, schools were said to be benefitted from the practices of inspection. Thus, contribution for the effective classroom teaching, school improvement, improvement in student learning, were some of the benefits that acquired by the schools. Thirdly, multiple challenges were faced during the implementation of inspection. Such challenges include: negative perception towards school inspection, limited facilities, less attention given to standardize schools, lack of awareness among teaching and non-teaching staff towards the practices of school inspection, lack of supervision, inspectors’ lack of awareness and experience, high turnover of inspectors, and financial constraints were the major challenges identified and considered as the bottleneck of the practices of school inspection. Finally, the researcher recommends that if education quality is to be improved, the realization of school standards required be given due attention. Capacity building activities required to be undertaken to fill the skill gap of inspectors. Inspection practices need to be communicated to key stakeholders.