Leadership Challenges in the Implementation of Ict in Public Secondary Schools, Kenya

Laaria Mingaine

Abstract


Many authors argue that school leadership determines how Information Communication Technology (ICT) is
implemented and its subsequent impact on teaching and learning. This involves Principal as a school leader to
lead in implementation. A positive attitude of school leader towards implementation of ICT will encourage the
school community to be actively involved in its implementation.
Kenya is in the process of implementing ICT in schools. However, there are many challenges that hinder
effective ICT implementation including school leadership challenge. This paper reports that school leader’s
interest, their commitment and championing implementation of ICT programs in schools positively influences
the whole process. The Paper recommends that all school leaders consider using ICT in their day-to-day
activities of running their schools. ICT curriculum and managerial skills should be incorporated to training of
school leaders in Kenya. Implementation of ICT is becoming more important to schools and the success of such
implementation is often due to presence of effective school leadership.
To a large extent, school leaders have been relying on government and development partners to equip schools
with ICT infrastructure. This Paper recommends besides sensitizing development partners and waiting for their
contributions, school leadership should consider ICT a priority in school and allocate budgets that would
promote its implementation. A descriptive survey was used to collect data by administering questionnaires to
selected sample of ICT/curriculum teachers, Principals and Board of Governors (BOG) chairpersons from 105
public secondary schools in Meru County, Kenya.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jel.v2n1p32

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