Perceptions of educational resources on internal efficiency in the upper primary school system in Wakiso District
Nakachwa, Teddy Kibuuka
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The study sought to establish whether availability of educational resources had an effect on the internal efficiency in form of human resources, instructional materials and financial resources. The objectives of the study included to examine the influence of human resources, to analyse the influence of instructional materials and to establish the influence of funds on internal efficiency of the upper primary school system in Wakiso District. The study was conducted by a descriptive cross-sectional survey design and the data was collected using questionnaires, interview guide, observation check list, and documentary analysis from 10 schools which were visited by the researcher; 10 head teachers, 50 teachers; 5 non-teaching staff and 5 students were contacted with the Head teachers being purposively selected and teachers selected randomly from the accessible population. Data was analyzed using simple percentages which were calculated from the frequencies percentages of the data in the tables. The study revealed that the availability of educational resources all had a positive correlation with the internal efficiency in the schools in the upper primary in Wakiso District. Many schools lacked adequate educational resources in form of human resources instructional materials and funds and this greatly contributed to in their internal inefficiency in form of increased school dropouts, increased repetitions and poor performance. In area where educational resources were relatively available, internal efficiency was at a relatively improved level. It was therefore concluded that the availability of educational resources greatly boosted the internal efficiency in schools in the upper primary in Wakiso district. Consequently the following recommendations were made: more teachers should be trained and recruited in primary schools, instructional materials should also be availed to the schools so as to improve on the daily classroom interaction, the government should improve funding of the UPE schools so as to access educational resources, and the motivation of staff in terms of salaries should be looked into for internal efficiency of the primary schools in Wakiso district.